3/15/18 - Yelp
"I just came back to US after many years overseas not driving at all/and driving on the other side (wrong side of the road!). I was very concerned because I had to drive again in the US to be able to go to work. I signed up for 3 classes with Coach Al's.
I found Coach Al to be a natural! He had the rare talent to understand your weak points right away and make you get over them in a manner that made you feel confident that you could actually drive well. He taught me great tips and practiced positive reinforcement throughout my driving. He kept the lesson very relaxing by conversing and make me feel like I could carry on a conversation while driving. I had never taken passengers in my car when I drove previously because I had concentrated only on driving. After being on the road with Coach Al, I gained so much confidence. Thank you Coach Al!
I also found him to be a very nice man with a great sense of humor. Kay, the lesson coordinator, was also very nice, funny and accommodating.
If you are anything like me, have not driven for over 6 years, a nervous driver who only drives to get from A to B, then you would be thankful that you chose Coach Al's.
I want to thank Coach Al and Kay for their great service!"
3/13/18 - Google
"My boyfriends tried to teach me how to drive and that didnt go well so i went here and coach eddie was very Knowledgeable and taught me how to drive in just 2 classes, he helped me not be so nervous behind the wheel. He taught me the proper ways of the road and did it in so little time! I highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone. Theyre very affordable and arent out to look for a quick buck. They are there to teach you how to drive and do it in as little time needed. They build confidence wirhin you taking you right on the road first day and showing you the proper ways of driving. They teach you city driving, highway, different speed limits, the works!"
3/5/18 - Yelp
"My Son just finished his 3 week course with Coach Al's last week. Within the 3 weeks he learned so much from Coach Al, Eddie and Gary. My son is very confident with everything he was taught and is very thankful for the time his instructors put in with him. They truly teach the importance of being behind a wheel. They have a one on one connection with each student and make them as comfortable as possible. I would recommend Coach Al's to anyone. They are very professional and respectful. Thank you all for a job well done!"
3/2/18 - Yelp
"I am very impressed with Coach Al's driving school. My 17-year-old daughter just completed their course. Her driving remarkably improved each week and she passed all the tests without any issues. Coach Al and his associates run a very professional and solid program. I do not hesitate to recommend Coach Al's Driving School. Excellent choice!"
3/1/18 - Google
"We drove all over the city. We were picked up at our school on days that we drove. We drove nearly an hour on those days and we got to pick the place we wanted to eat. The coaches actually cared about giving us the skills, confidence and information required to drive safely and defensively. We also went to the parking lot and did forwards and backwards parking and parallel parking. Even in the classroom (the parts that are thought of to be the most boring) the coaches made it as fun and interesting as they could. Overall, it was one of the most enjoyable three weeks of my life."
2/28/18 - Google
"It is good and fun class. I have a good and awesome time. Coach Eddie and Coach Al teaches a lot of important information that will help you and to know about safety before you start driving. Coach Eddie teaches what happens if someone is impaired or was drinking will impact your life. Also, knowing the rules of the road, knowing how to parallel park, backing and forward parking. Help us to relax while driving and drive at night and during the day. I am strongly recommend of taking coach Al driving school."
2/22/18 - Google
"Coach Al's was the best possible choice for driving school that I could've made. The instructors are more than just teachers they pick you up from school and go and get dinner with you just to get you a few hours of practice. One thing that I really liked about Coach Al's was that the first time I ever drove on the freeway it was with an instructor. They even make the in-class learning fun and I am going to be a great driver all because of them."
2/11/18 - Google
"I was so impressed with Coach Al and his instructors. I sent my older child to another well known driving school in Albuquerque a couple of years ago and it was such a hassle trying to get in his driving hours and they charged extra for every test. Coach Al's school was amazing. They made sure to get all the kids their driving hours, going so far as picking them up from school and bringing them home after class. Their prices are excellent, significantly lower than other schools, and include all the testing. I highly recommend taking your child here, they made it so convenient and easy!"
2/9/18 - Yelp
"I am late life adult learner, having come from the east coast (NY metro area) it wasn't necessary for me to know how to drive. Upon retiring to Albuquerque I quickly realized how having a driver's license would be much more convenient than being dependent upon the public transit system. Compared to the NYC, ABQ's transportation system (alas buses only) is rather limited in terms of wait time, and complete closure during major holidays!
My Experience of Coach Al's Driving School LLC:
It was interesting being the oldest student (4 times older) in a roomful of teenagers. On the plus side, It wasn't absolutely necessary for me to attend every single one of the 12 evening classes. Coach Al let me know in advance which classes were imperative.
I was initially intimidated by the thought of driving a truck as I only had experienced driving a small car (over 35 years ago!). I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I acclimated to the vehicle's size and loved the improved vantage point of a higher driver's position.
The key to seeing improvement is to practice outside of class. Coach Al and associates don't have "driving fairy dust" to make the student a better driver. Throughout the span of 3 week course, I practiced with my spouse in 10-15 minute increments in my neighborhood.
IN A NUTSHELL
* Much to my surprise, we started behind the wheel driving the very first evening!
* I had some highway driving practice in addition to city (congested central ave included).
* At one of my (private) sessions, I got to choose what skills I wanted to work which speaks to Coach Al's willingness to tailor the lesson to my specific needs.
* The instructors are calm and give criticism in a professionally appropriate manner to both young teens and adults.
* The instructors were able to instill confidence in even the most nervous students!
* The instructors are VERY safety conscious and seek to impart that attitude to all students.
* The vehicles are very clean late model Toyota Tacomas.
* The instructor/front passenger seat is equipped with a brake (just in case).
* Unlike the school-age students, the flexibility of my schedule allowed for me to get my behind-the-wheel practice in a private or semi-private lesson format. The undivided attention was much appreciated!
* The price of the 3 week course is quite reasonable. From what I understand, there are referral discounts.
* Your Road Test can be scheduled with one of the instructors from the school in their vehicle. Yup, the same Tacoma's you learn in (a plus). Student's of the course get a special Road Test price.
* None really except I was the exception to the norm by being over 60 years old. Teens can be very chatty in class and in the car, which was a good way for me to practice staying focused.
* At the beginning, it wasn't always clear to me what my next steps should be in attaining a driver's license. In all fairness, the official state Driver's Manual assumes the new driver is a teenager. After the age of 18, slightly different steps are necessary. I don't have to wait for the provisional phase of the 3-tiered licensing system. In other words, I can go for an unrestricted driver's license ASAP!
I highly recommend Coach Al's Driving School!"
--- Denise W.
2/9/18 - Google
"I am late life adult learner, upon retiring to Albuquerque from the eastcoast, I quickly realized how having a driver's license would be much more convenient than being dependent upon the public transit system. My Experience of Coach Al's Driving School LLC: It was interesting being the oldest student (4 times older😊) in a roomful of teenagers. On the plus side, It wasn't absolutely necessary for me to attend every single one of the 12 evening classes. Coach Al let me know in advance which classes were imperative. I was initially intimidated by the thought of driving a truck as I only had experienced driving a car (over 35 years ago!). I pleasantly surprised at how quickly I acclimated to the vehicle's size and loved the improved vantage point of a higher driver's position. IN A NUTSHELL PROS: • Much to my surprise, we started behind the wheel driving the very first evening! • I had some highway driving practice in addition to city (congested central ave included). • At one of my (private) sessions, I got to choose what skills I wanted to work which speaks to Coach Al's willingness to tailor the lesson to my specific needs. • The instructors are calm and give criticism in a professionally appropriate manner to both young teens and adults. • The instructors were able to instill confidence in even the most nervous students! • The instructors are VERY safety conscious and seek to impart that attitude to all students. • The vehicles are very clean late model Toyota Tacomas. • The instructor/front passenger seat is equipped with a brake (just in case). • Unlike the school-age students, the flexibility of my schedule allowed for me to get my behind-the-wheel practice in a private or semi-private lesson format. The undivided attention was much appreciated! • The price of the 3 week course is quite reasonable. From what I understand, there are referral discounts. • Your Road Test can be scheduled with one of the instructors from the school in their vehicle. Yup, the same Tacoma's you learn in (a plus). Student's of the course get a special Road Test price. CONS: • None really except I was the exception to the norm by being over 60 years old. Teens can be very chatty in class and in the car, which was a good way for me to practice staying focused. • At the beginning, it wasn't always clear to me what my next steps should be in attaining a driver's license. In all fairness, the official state Driver's Manual assumes the new driver is a teenager. After the age of 18, slightly different steps are necessary. I don't have to wait for the provisional phase of the 3-tiered licensing system. In other words, I can go for an unrestricted driver's license ASAP! I highly recommend Coach Al's Driving School to learn how to drive safely and with confidence."
2/8/18 - Yelp
"Amazing service, very affordable, and you learn things about driving the day you start. Instructors are caring, and they make sure that you understand what you are learning and that you apply those rules to the road. Great school."
1/20/18 - Google
"Did my road test with them and they were excellent. Helped me out and gave me tips and advice. I highly recommend them. They worked around my schedule and got me in last minute. Thanks Coach Al!"
1/19/18 - Google
"Coach Al's driving school is a place I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to drive. The coaches know how to take you out of your comfort zone when driving. Not only did we sit in class we got to learn how to parallel park, also they took us out on the interstate. The coach are great. Coach Al has a good sense of humor and Coach Eddie can make you laugh."
1/18/18 - Google
"I'm really happy with the results. Now I feel way more comfortable on the interstate and at night."
1/18/18 - Google
"Coach als was such a great experience for me. I was not comfortable driving at first but they took me out of my comfort zone and it was very helpful. His classes were very fun and entertaining. Their all good instructors and would recommend them! I also had fun while learning(:
1/18/18 - Google
"Coach Al's driving school was the best choice I made he took us driving on the highway, we drove at night, we learned how to parallel park, and after class he would chose kids to drive home coach Al, coach Eddie, and coach Gary are really good instructors."
1/18/18 - Google
"Coach al is a amazing instructor and has us drive at night and pushes us out of our comfort zone to become better drivers I highly recommend coach al driving school."
12/22/17 - Google
"I had a lot of fun and learned so much. The teachers were great and made things easy for us to understand. I highly recommend this school. You wont regret it!"
12/21/17 - Google
"Coach als is the best driving school in the state. Coach Eddie is amazing, he is hilarious, nice , and you can always have a good conversation. Coach al is funny and keeps the class entertaining. There is not a boring moment in the class. I highly recommend that you go to coach al's class. Driving hours are based on your schedule and the coaches are determined to get you to pass the class."
12/2/17 - Yelp
"This man is AMAZING!!!! he is so patient I took my driving test and passed. I just love Coach Al thank you.
11/11/17 - Google
"Coach Al's Driving School is the best in the state. I was nervous about starting driving school because many of my friends said they had bad experiences with instructors at other schools as well as a boring class, but there was never a moment of boredom at Coach Al's. Behind the wheel driving was so helpful, and everything Coach Al taught in the range made me feel so much more confident as a learning driver. Everyone should go to Coach Al's to learn to drive. The fun, engaging style of the class helped me learn as much as I could."
10/19/17 - Yelp
"My son just finished with Coach Al and I can't say enough nice things about them. The teachers are very personable. My son needed some extra driving experience before Coach Al thought he was ready for the road so he let us work with our son until we felt he was ready and then Coach Al took him out again. I would definitely send any of my other kids to his school."
"Highly recommend. Coach Al was laid back and cool in my private lessons and I learned a lot. Not to mention the affordable price. Would go there again."
10/2/17 - Yelp
"My daughter just finished her 3 week driving school course at Coach Al's and I must say that I am VERY pleased with their program. They are kind, patient, very qualified, and they go above and beyond the bare minimum. The kids get to spend a lot of time behind the wheel. In just 3 short weeks she went from being terrified to get behind the wheel to a capable but cautious new driver. I would highly recommend Coach Al's Driving School...it was well worth the money."
"Best Driving school in New Mexico, the driving instructors were amazing and now I feel very comfortable on the road."
9/18/17 - Yelp
"Coach Al's - as a student - probably the best driving school that's out there. They know how to connect with teens and they have great quality education, they have a unique way of teaching. Coach Al and his team are very lovable and have amazing experiences. My friends always text me whilst they're at their driving schools saying how boring it is and how happy they are when its over. My last day of drivers ed there were tears in the room, I was very sad to leave but happy to say they're the reason I'm a good driver. They're filled with concern and always make sure you're safe/being safe. 100% highly recommend, definitely worth what you pay"
"PARENTS if you're thinking of sending your child somewhere else I do not recommend that, my option this place is great."
"Awesome class! Lots of fun and affordable. It is the best driving school out there!"
"I am so happy that I got the opportunity to be apart of this class! I went into the class dreading the thought of driving but now I'm actually comfortable! Within the first 3 days of class we were already on the road. They even picked us up from school to go driving! It was amazing! I looked so forward coming to the class every night because I knew that when I left, I would be able to go home with a better understanding of the road. The class time was also fun and extremely informative! We were also taught about the effects of driving while intoxicated could have on your community, your family, and yourself. It was truly eyeopening! I'm sad that the class is now over, but I'm excited to continue on with my driving journey!"
"We'd like to thank you and your team for sharing your knowledge and expertise. Max had fun and is excited to drive. We appreciate your patience, sense of humor, and wisdom. You were all a lot of fun to work with, and we loved hearing stories! You made this whole experience easier, and less stressful for us all!"
"Thank you so much for an amazing experience for Madison! She drives every chance she gets and gains confidence everyday! You will see us again in 2 years when it's Chloe's turn!
"I would recommend this driving school over all other driving schools. The experience is great, wide range and the class overall is actually fun and engaging. I'm learning how to back up, parallel park, drive with traffic and useful tips about driving everyday starting from day one. There is no time wasted during these classes and students, like me, look forward to coming here for class."
"They are probably the best school in all the state. Definitely worth the money and I got to drive after just 3 days. Its the end of the first week and I'm waiting at the MVD already to get my permit."
"Was the best driving experience I've had! He's so patient and when you do something wrong he tells you what you did and how to fix it.
"Coach Al is such a cool guy and such a good teacher. There was so much that I learned from him that I didn't know before."
"Coach Al's is great. I learned everything I needed to become a great driver! And the personalities are outgoing and hilarious:)
"I took coach Al's driving school to get my permit. I learned things I didn't even know existed. I was beyond nervous to go on the freeway but how good he is, how he talks and acts towards us makes you feel calm and not so tense. He is good with us and made all the information we needed to know clear. Definitely worth waking up early everyday for two weeks."
"Coach Al's Driving School is by far the best there is. Coach Al and Coach Eddie as well as Mrs. Cindy have a certain way of establishing a fun and easygoing environment that caters to the young minds of their students. They make both classroom work and real driving seem engaging and do an excellent job of including everyone. They incorporate fun activities such as drunk simulation goggles and range driving to ensure that the education of their students is well rounded and extensive. If you plan on sending your kids to drivers ed I would completely recommend Coach Al's."
"Coach Al's driving school was fantastic. I would recommend this driving school over any other driving school in the state. The instructors were fantastic and I now feel very comfortable and safe when I drive. They were also hilarious and helpful. Send your young adult here; they will excel and learn a lot. They will also have a lot of fun and never forget this amazing experience. I am so thankful I chose to come to drivers ed here and believe this is the best drivers school. Send your young adult here, it's incredible and worth it."
"Can't thank Coach Al enough. My daughter finished Coach Al's class about 5 months ago and I just didn't feel like she was comfortable behind the wheel. I called up Coach Al and got more driving time for her, I even tagged along. She was a completely different driver with him. His calm coaching style gave her the extra confidence she needed and it put me at ease in the back seat. I firmly believe parents should do a ride along during one of the driving sessions, it will help you become the coach your child needs instead of the protective parent that makes them nervous. THANKS COACH AL!"
I just finished the Coach Al's Driving School program.The instructors were very nice and helpful. I had a great time. Coach Al and Coach Eddie were very funny and kept me focused and relaxed while driving. They made sure every student got his or her driving hours in. They provide everything you need according to New Mexico laws, but make it fun at the same time. I never once dreaded going to class. Thank you Coach Al's Driving School!
"Amazing!! Learned so much, both coach Al and coach Eddie have an amazing way of teaching you and keeping you involved. Let's not forget miss Cindy is the glue in between that makes book work memorable. Best class yet!"
"This school it honestly the best school you could ever go to, to learn what you need and become a good safe driver at any age. It's worth every penny to spend on. You won't regret it, I love this school and definitely recommend it to all of you looking for the best driving school. This is you're answer."
"I had just moved from out of state and my daughter had to get her license and Coach Al made sure we were taken care of and we got everything we needed to get her license. The price was very affordable and reasonable, and the in classroom experience was the best, she learned a lot and passed her test with ease. Coach Al even called to check up on us after she got her license to make sure everything went smoothly. Definitely recommend this driving school, it is the best I have ever put my kid through!"
"Very great teachers and wonderful environment to be around. They really know what there doing and make it fun and safe while doing it."
"Coach Al, Coach Eddie, and Cindy were very helpful teachers. I am very happy I took this class opposed the other driving schools in the area. I am thankful and know they made me the best driver they could."
"Great teacher, friendly. Highly recommend!
"Best driving school in New Mexico I would say!! I learned so much, my experience there was great. Coach Al and Eddie are great instructors. worth the money!
"Coach Al is a fantastic place to get a driving education. The instructors are extremely respectful, kind, and know how to teach driving. They make driving easy!"
5/17/17 - Yelp
"Very helpful to my family as he taught my grandfather defensive driving skills. We are very grateful!"
"I couldn't be happier with everything my daughter has learned. She comes home each night and can't wait to show me what she's learned. They're real and they make these kids think and pay attention to the world around them. If you want real life driving and experience, go see Al and Eddy."
"Coming to this driving schools was probably one of the highlights of my week. The instructors are absolutely hilarious and extremely informational. They helped me conquer my fear of driving and showed me the safest way to go about it. I had plenty of drive time with the coaches, and was taught things such as parking, parallel parking, and proper driving etiquette. I would recommend this driving school to anyone."
"Coach Al's driving school is the only driving school in the state of New Mexico worth attending. All other schools are cheating lairs who abuse the state system to acquire currency. Coach Al and Coach Eddie are respectable men returning love and the skills of driving back to the community."
My son took Coach Al's driver's ed class two years ago. He expressed having a wonderful learning experience. I enjoy reading and viewing videos Coach Al posts on Facebook about driving lessons and driver refreshers.
---M Denise Vigeant
"Before starting at Coach Al's Driving School, I told my friends that I would be starting to take drivers ed. Everyone kept telling me that they dreaded drivers ed, and after a while I thought that I might experience the same thing. That is definitely not what happened. Al, Eddie, and Cynthia are fantastic instructors. I'm so glad to learn from them! They know how to handle a large class full of teenagers. Each one of them have the ability to make us laugh, get us to pay attention when we aren't, and most of all teach us everything we need to know about the roads and the privilege of driving. Al and Eddie also work with the students outside of class. They pick up students from their schools and teach them to drive once the students have their permit, which helps tremendously. They teach students how to drive and park correctly, including tricks about driving. In conclusion, I'm glad to have attended this class. I had a great time and I learned so much from the best driving instructors around."
"I had to take a class with Coach Al for the Courts, I went in with uncertainty. I left there feeling more aware, and with a different perspective. Although it sucked having gotten cited in the first place I didn't realize I needed a refresher too. Thanks Coach Al and thanks for caring enough to personally teach the class and take time out of your day."
1/8/17 - Yelp
"I am currently in the process of getting my official license and even though I have driven with Coach Al once so far he was a really great teacher! Very patient also calm and so very helpful!"
"I was a 52 year old man who NEVER sat behind the wheel of an automobile (go-karts don't count!) I recently migrated here from NYC for a new, different and better life! I took Coach AI's course and I have to say Coach Al is a WIZARD when it comes to getting NOVICE drivers of ANY age driving SAFELY, COMFORTABLY & RESPONSIBLY!!!! The entire staff is FANTASTICALLY KNOWLEDGEABLE & REASSURING! In NO time, Coach AI had me driving in traffic I would never, ever have thought I, would EVER find myself driving in…. night time, or RUSH HOUR traffic!!! You will receive EVERYTHING you NEED to be COMPETENT, CONFIDENT and CAPABLE behind the wheel, be it normal everyday driving or an emergency situational.I'm ETERNALLY GRATEFUL to Coach AI and his staff for giving me the FREEDOM I NEVER possessed before. I HIGHLY recommend Coach Al's Driving School to ANYONE who is even THINKING about getting behind the wheel of a vehicle ……. DON'T DO IT WITHOUT COACH AL!!!!!!!"
12/15/16 - Yelp
"I've had a great experience with coach Al and his staff. Due to the upcoming holidays I had a small amount of time to pass my driving test and coach Al accommodated my request with only a few days notice. He's a very qualified and patient coach and helped me correct my mistakes and feel comfortable on the road. I'll definitely recommend his business to new drivers."