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HomeSafe Driving School 

HomeSafe Driving School is a small business in Costa Mesa, California and is owned and operated by husband and wife team Brad and Ali McDermott.  Brad McDermott has 20 years of extensive road safety expertise as a CHP certified school bus driver and heavy equipment operator in United States Marine Corps. This coupled with over 25 years of experience developing teen's character and working with families as a youth pastor, baseball coach, and ski instructor equip him with key skills for teaching driver's education. He is an Alumnus of Vanguard University, a certified trainer with Culture ROI and was recently installed as Lead Pastor of a small church in Costa Mesa.  After nearly 20 years in the automotive industry Ali McDermott left the corporate world behind to spend more time with their family and officially joined the HomeSafe team splitting her time between operations of both the HomeSafe office and the McDermott home. 

While you may find our availability somewhat limited, we are confident that you will find that the quality of the instruction and care for our students is the best you will find anywhere.  As a family owned and operated business (and parents ourselves) we are dedicated to training your teen to get HomeSafe.  

HomeSafe Driving School 

HomeSafe Driving School’s aim is to create safe drivers. A "safe driver" is a distinct term that addresses both the hard skills of technical driving and the soft skills of character and attitude development, this includes being more present and or aware of the road, and the people around us. We accomplish this through behind the wheel training and values-based, interactive lessons that focus on character and attitude, and how these produce a safe driver. We do the basics exceptionally well, however, we are not content to simply stop there. Our instruction provides opportunities for students to learn beyond the simple do’s and don’ts covered in many driver education programs.

Why Choose HomeSafe Driving School

Supported by the findings and solutions found in IIHS research (see report below) and the clear need in our society to do something different, we are offering more than the typical driver's education program. Our approach is to intervene as highly trained instructors who focus on strong visual habits, solid vehicle control, and developing the attitude skills crucial for creating safer drivers. These instructors are trained far beyond the DMV minimum requirements for driving schools. Our staff is well educated and has extraordinary life and driving experience. We use step-by-step methods, demonstration, a range of problem solving techniques, Socratic methodology, and culture changing technology commonly used in organizations and families. We combine these techniques with factors listed in research that have shown measurable results including parent involvement, and extra on-street lessons. We also work with the students who have clearly not made the progress necessary for safe driving and create strategies that involve the parents and students.

Why Traditional Driver Education Does Not Produce Safe Drivers

In April 2009, The Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a study that concludes, "scientific evaluations do not support driver education as a mechanism for reducing crashes ." We Know the Causes, the behaviors that contribute to teen-related crashes are well documented. Inexperience and immaturity are connected with peer pressure, that fuel poor attitudes that drive too fast, drive while impaired, ignore seat belts, don’t pay attention, drive sleepy, and drive at night, aggravating this problem (NHTSA Website, Teen Drivers).

As noted, reports regarding the effectiveness, or lack of effectiveness, of the current model for driver’s education plainly lays out the need for a new approach, an approach that we are taking in with this company. This paragraph speaks volumes to the concerns of the current reality of driver’s education:

“Probably the biggest impediment to driver education effectiveness involves the inherent difficulties in affecting lifestyle and developmental factors: the attitudes, motivations, peer influences, and cognitive and decision-making skills that are so influential in shaping driving styles and crash involvement ”.

These factors are clear roadblocks to producing safe drivers. Many companies simply surrender to the “way things have always been done” feeling they cannot do anything to change the current culture. In fact the report goes to say:

“Safety messages can readily be overwhelmed by these ongoing influences. In this context, Pat Waller (1997) long ago pointed out the unrealistic expectations for the driver instructor compared with the way other teachers are judged. She asked, “Should the driver education teacher be responsible only for whether the student can drive adequately, or whether he actually does drive in this manner,” and went on to note the many outside influences that shape subsequent driving performance ”.

HomeSafe Driving School takes it very seriously to develop safe drivers - not simply drivers.  

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HomeSafe Driving School
188 E. 17th St. 
Costa Mesa CA, 92627


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