Local Driving School Online & Defensive Courses in Berkeley, CA

Rated Excellent
Rated Excellent from 2 reviews
We differ from other schools in that we specialize in both driver's education and advanced behind-the-wheel driver's training. When students train with us, they learn not only the essentials of safe driving, but also advanced defensive driving techniques such as hazard detection, risk perception, precise vehicle control, space management, and driver attitude. Not only that, but on our students last lesson, we examine them based on the actual DMV test requirements. Thus, our practice test gives you the best preparation possible for the DMV exam. We also have the best value! In comparison to our competitors, nearly all our packages are either the same or a lower price. In wanting you to have the best, we provide the highest service at the most affordable cost.
  • Adult Courses
  • Defensive Courses
  • Online Courses
  • Teen Courses
Contact Information
Phone Number (510) 235-5500
City Berkeley, CA
Zip Code 94710
Address 740 Gilman Street
Professional Associations and Certifications
  • Driving School Association of California
  • Driving School Association of the Americas
Driving School Association of CaliforniaDriving School Association of the Americas
Key People
Mani Sondhi
Mani Sondhi
Owner & Operator
Manish Sondhi, the owner and operator of Local Driving School, is the most experienced professional of the Local Driving team. He has taught drivers training for fourteen years, and is a DMV licensed traffic school instructor. Manish, perhaps more than anyone else, sees his work as a service to society. He is passionate about teaching students to be safe, wise, and courteous drivers, as well as helping new drivers earn their license. He is a defensive driving professional, and has taught driving across Northern California, including the Bay Area. Manish grew up in Yuba City, CA, studied at San Francisco State University, and worked as a driving instructor while majoring in businesses. Manish has partnered Local Driving with "Donate Life California", offers free driving education to adults every year, and has raised awareness about traffic safety in his local community. A few of Manish's hobbies include traveling and playing tennis.
Don Little John
Don Little John
Don has served on the Local Driving team for eight years, but has been a driving instructor for over eleven years. He is an experienced professional who sees drivers training as his career. He has many children and grandchildren, which he says helps him understand and communicate with his students. Consequently, he enjoys working with youth, and values his work as a unique opportunity to help society, specifically by training youth to be safe drivers. He was born in Marysville, CA, and is extremely familiar with Yuba-Sutter county. In fact, his family history in the Yuba/Marysville area traces back to the 1860s. On his free time, Don enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with his family.
Steve Barkley
Steve Barkley
Steve has taught driving for four years, loves his work, and is beloved by his students. His enthusiasm for excellent drivers training, and enduring enjoyment of his work, stems from three of his primary life values: getting to know and help others, participating in and serving his community, and a lifelong love of teaching. Before entering the driving profession, Steve worked as a professional stand-up comedian for 32 years. He has a genuine passion for life and laughter, constantly bringing joy and aid to those around him. He has been a $10,000 winner on America's Funniest People, and still works part-time as a professional stand-up comic. Some of Steve's hobbies include archery, falconry, and studying Germanic history.
Rated Excellent (5 of 5) from 2 reviews
  Testimonial by Victoria Garcia
Local Driving School, you are fantastic! I didn't have any clue about driving when I started driving. To tell you the truth, my experience before that was a few times of moving the car in a parking lot. Now I drive everywhere without being accompanied with my parents. No accident and tickets due to the excellent training Local Driving School gave me. Please keep up the good work! I will tell all my fiends to come to you. I promise!
  Testimonial by Jimmy Mann
I was very nervous for my first behind the wheel lesson, I had never been behind the wheel of a car before. My instructor made me feel very comfortable and by the end of the lesson I was confident that I could drive with my parents and not be scared. I would recommend Local Driving School to anyone that needs behind the wheel training.
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