Driving school expands to Quincy
If it’s one thing that is needed in towns and cities everywhere it is good drivers.
Luis Garcia, owner of LG Driving Schools in Wenatchee and now in Quincy, is here to answer the call.
Garcia has been in the business of teaching new drivers and helping experienced drivers hone their skills for the past three years. Three months ago, he opened up an office in downtown Quincy.
“There is a need for kids to learn and not get into trouble,” Garcia said. “You see kids get in trouble, not from doing wrong but because they don’t have the opportunity to learn.”
Garcia saw the need for a driving school in Quincy because there was nowhere locally people could go to take their tests and safely train to drive with a trained instructor. His main objective is to rid drivers new and experienced of bad habits, he said. Garcia admits that many people know how to drive but they don’t have the skills.
“We are dying not because someone is coming in and murdering you,” Garcia said. “We are dying because of car accidents. If the state wants to lower the number of people killed, they need to focus on enforcing driving laws.”
LG offers the Washington Department of Licensing written and driving tests, four-week driver’s education classes for teens (the classes meet three days a week) and defensive driving lessons for the general public. Garcia also helps people who are unable to read the tests, helping them with the signs on the road.
Garcia said his approach is about teaching people more than just how to drive.
“I teach them the responsibility of having a license and being a driver,” he said. “I teach them the consequences of irresponsible driving actions and inattention.”
Garcia uses a Ford Fusion for his student car. It is specially equipped with double brakes, fire extinguishers and double rear-view mirrors.
“It also has a responsible instructor,” Garcia joked. “I am a good observer. You need to be able to help and assist kids especially. You have to help calm their nerves and help them to realize driving is skill and knowledge.”
LG Driving School can be reached at 741-0967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor