Google Reviews for A-1 Defensive Driving School of VA

Here are some actual Google reviews and customer feedback about A1 Defensive Driving School of VA from previous students who have attended our driver improvement clinic in Charlottesville, VA.

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I’d never recommend spending an entire Saturday in a driver’s improvement class but if you have to take one, this is the one to take. I went into this thinking it was going to be the longest 8 hours of my life and I’m not gonna learn anything new but that wasn’t the case at all. Thoroughly enjoyed my time there thanks to the instructor, Steve Smalley. He’s funny, engaging, and a great speaker. Not only did I enjoy it but I even learned a few things and I’ve been driving for 28 years. Would highly recommend Steve’s class to anyone, young or old.

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This class was honestly entertaining for the most part. 8 hours is definitely a long time to be in one place, so thankfully there were 10-15 minutes breaks every hour. I don’t know if it was the group of people in the class that made it entertaining/almost boring-free or the instructor, but overall if I had to take the class again, I would take it through this driving improvement program with the same instructor.

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I came into the class with a very pessimistic attitude; expecting some stuffy DMV guy to tell me things I already knew. To my surprise Steve was quite funny, very down to earth, and a delight to spend the class with. He taught the material in a way which was very comprehensible and I’m pleased to say that I did learn a new trick or two. I can’t say I wouldn’t have rather spent the day doing something I wanted to do, but if you want to/have to go to a driving class, I recommend A-1 Defensive Driving School, hands down. 10/10

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Great class thought was going to be boring he made the class actually fun and learned a lot of important things about driving I did not know of…He made sure to explain and answer any questions I had and the class…Def will be taking more classes in the future….

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This class was awesome under the circumstances lol but he made it very enjoyable! 10/10 recommend best one can take.

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Coach Smalley is the freaking man. No one wants to spend their Saturday doing a defensive driving course but Steve does a phenomenal job of keeping the content interesting and fun. I have done this course twice and yes, it does help mitigate the consequences of traffic/speeding related charges in court. I would recommend this class to anyone with +3 points on their driving record.

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Steve at A-1 Defensive Driving School teaches the best class in Charlottesville, hands down. Super easy, helpful, great attitude, and very friendly. If you ever have to take the course, do it at A-1.

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He was really fun and nice to everyone! He made the day go by fast even though it’s an 8hr course. I would highly recommend him!

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I was expecting to be miserable for 8 hours but this guy made the mandatory more than bearable. I would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat.

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Steve was awesome. Nobody wants to spend 8+ hours taking a driving class but he has a great personality, tells lots of interesting stories and it wasn’t complete torture. I’d recommend checking your driving points before the class as he will defer turning in your certificate to the DMV depending on your current point/legal situation.

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Awesome class! The instructor really kept things moving and interesting.

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I was really dreading taking this course, but this guy made it a breeze! 10/10 recommend! very professional!

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This dude is really cool man, tells good stories and gets all the knowledge to you well

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I was 100% dreading taking this eight hour class. I 100% percent honestly thought that I was going to end up sleeping through most of it. Then I got to meet the instructor Mr. Smalley, he is awesome. Has great stories to help pass the time and keeps the time going. I learn a lot more than expected in the class. I’m really glad I took the class not only to help reduce a ticket but to gain some info I didn’t know. Class was decently priced, clean, good set up, and very educational. I actually wish I had brought along my teenager to learn a few things! If your faced with needed a course via court or DMV, is highly suggest taking A-1 Defensive Driving. I took mine in Charlottesville, VA.

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Excellent teacher!! Best drivers class.

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Absolutely enjoyed this class. Definitely recommend for anyone that is local near this to take. So informative and made me rethink some choices about my driving. Take this class.

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Class went by pretty quick considering the topic. Mr. Smalley’s experience is evident with how he incorporates real life experiences with the content he teaches. Highly recommend his course!

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Great teacher and made the class very educational experience.

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Very useful course, particularly in reminding drivers to be safe and defensive drivers.

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Steve made the best of a bad situation. 8 hour driving class is never gonna be fun but it could have been a lot worse.

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He was very sweet and made instruction easy and interesting to follow.

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