Driver Training

Driving School for Teens Located in Columbia SC

A-1 Driver Training School was founded in 1981 by Bob Montondo, a professional educator with 27 years teaching experience in our public schools. He has a combined 32 years of experience in the public and private sectors related to traffic safety education. His unique background goes beyond academic training and actual teaching experience and includes attending numerous high-performance driving and racing schools on both the east and west coasts! He has been recognized in the Midlands as a traffic safety authority, especially concerning beginning teenage drivers. Several of his articles (Teenage Drivers) have been published in The State Newspaper, and he has often appeared on local television (See TV Spots Link).

Instructor Qualifications Separate Us From The Rest – We are teachers teaching students

Bob Montondo-Owner and Instructor
B.S. and M.Ed. – University of South Carolina

  • 27 years of certified teaching experience in South Carolina’s schools
  • 10 years teaching driver education at A.C. Flora High school
  • Over 30,000 hours of in-car instructional experience

John Pappas-Instructor
B.S. – University of South Carolina

  • 30 years of certified teaching experience in South Carolina’s schools
  • 21 years teaching driver education at Airport High School
  • Over 22,000 hours of in-car instructional experience

Ron Caldwell-Instructor

  • B.S. and M.A.T. – University of South Carolina
  • 35 years of certified teaching experience in South Carolina’s schools
  • 25 years teaching driver education at Spring Valley High School
  • Over 20,000 hours of in-car instructional experience

Billy Petoskey-Instructor
B.S. – University of South Carolina

  • 24 years of certified teaching experience in South Carolina’s schools
  • 15 years teaching driver education at Spring Valley High school
  • Over 20.000 hours of in-car instructional experience

 


 

Compare to the States Requirements for Driving Instructors

90-167. Driver Training School Instructor Qualifications
A. Every person, in order to qualify as an instructor for a driving school, must, at the time of application, meet the following requirements:

  • At least twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • Of good moral character;
  • Hold a valid South Carolina driver license;
  • Have no record of suspension of driving privileges for moving violations for the past three (3) years;
  • Have at least five (5) years of driving experience and no suspension for three (3) years;
  • Successfully complete a departmentally approved driver training instructor course which includes as a minimum thirty-four (34) hours of formal classroom instruction in driver education and a minimum of six (6) hours of actual behind-the-wheel training in driving instruction;
  • Successfully complete a departmentally approved written test which includes as a minimum testing of the ability of the applicant to give driver instruction to others and/or both written and demonstrative methods.
  • The department may, in its discretion, grant an applicant a temporary permit, by special examination, provided the driver training school has one qualified, licensed instructor. The temporary permit is valid for six (6) months or until an instructor’s course is offered. If during the six months the applicant is unable to take an instructor’s course, the temporary permit may be renewed one (1) time for an additional six (6) month period.

 


 

Classroom Phase

The classroom phase is held on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm conducted by owner and founder Bob Montondo, a professional educator, with over 30 years of experience in the traffic safety field. Our classroom facility is located at 8502 Two Notch Road, in Diamond Point Shopping Center. This is just North of the I-77 exit, directly across from the U.S. Post Office and Burger King at the intersection of Two Notch and Alpine Road.

A listing of our audio-visual materials and running times follows:

  • “When Teenagers Drive” (12 minutes)
  • “Write Your Ticket: Teenagers and Auto Insurance” (10 minutes)
  • “Heavenly Debate: Young and Old Drivers” (8 minutes)
  • “Visual Perception: Part I – Eye Habits (10 minutes)
  • “Visual Perception: Part II – Identification (8 minutes)
  • “NASCAR Video: Volume 2 – “How You Can Drive Like A Pro: Steering” (4 minutes)
  • “A System For Accident-Free Driving: The IPDE Process” (10 minutes)
  • “The Ride of Your Life” (22 minutes)
  • “NASCAR Video: Volume 3 – How You Can Drive Like A Pro: Car Weight Transfer” (5 minutes)
  • “Decisive Driving and Car Control – The Slide Car” (4 minutes)
  • “Sharing The Road with Big Trucks” (12 minutes)
  • “The Physics of Driving” (10 minutes)