Meet Our Certified Driving Instructors
Bill Allenbaugh - Class 1, Haz Mat, Air, and Tanker endorsements. Instructor license 10 years; Owner and Operator's licenses 8 years. Driver Instructor training license 7 years. Initial training by former CHP Officer. College graduate wih honors. Long time Bay Area resident. Proud father and grand father.
Bill's professional expertise behind the wheel literally started rolling years ago as he logged hundreds of thousands of miles driving large commercial trucks and class a vehicles for various companies. In later years , while still working full time , Bill pursued and completed a degree in Sociology. He also did part time counseling. While working on his Masters Degree in Social work, a friend invited him to become a driving instructor part time at an established driving school. Suddenly a new road opened up for Bill. He genuinely enjoyed being an instructor, interacting with his students helping them overcome fears while learning how to become safe alert and responsible drivers. He went on to teach at another driving school operated by a retired California Highway Patrol officer where he gained new perspectives on driving education while developing his own skills. In August of 2007, Bill opened his own school becoming principal owner/operator instructor of Bill's Defensive Driving School.
Bill serves mostly east bay area, Oakland & Berkeley. While he rarely travels to Marin County, he can.
Frank - As a 35+ year native of Marin County. I have a Strong connection to the people and places in our community. I Trained extensively with Bill learning his defensive driving techniques and I am experienced enough to be able to cater the lessons to meet each individuals needs. My background in psychology and sociology makes me a good listener, and I believe one of the keys to helping drivers to become more confident is really understanding each student's individual challenges so that we can face them together. I focus on a number of techniques that help young people, adults and seniors become better drivers such as: Smooth stops when braking, scanning the road to anticipate what's coming and using all three mirrors to get a clear picture of what's happening around you. I've worked with Bill's Defensive Driving School for over 3 years and what I love most about my job is that it allows me to connect with even more people in our community helping them to become confident capable and defensive drivers and ready to face whatever challenges lie ahead.
Bill’s Operator’s License #: O4362A
DMV Driving School #: 4362