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Stephen M.
Stephen M.
07:10 11 Oct 20
Not patient with the students at all. Gave my child anxiety by yelling, hitting their leg and flicking the fingers.
Cheryl Calello
Cheryl Calello
21:44 14 Sep 20
SAFEST & SIMPLEST!OPEN ROADJennifer & Don are professional & make sign up a snap for a parent to have their child get out there & drive. 6 hours with Sal & your teen is well prepared. My son Jason Calello is ready to drive. 16 & J parallel parks better than me. He drives automatic & manual trans. The automatic cars are safe, simple & current with their service. I know that Open Road was the best choice for my son Jason learning proper instruction from Sal. Open Road is absolutely the best driving school & safest too.Thank you Jennifer, Don & Sal for making behind the wheel stress free & for the simplicity of the process, value & prepardness of instruction.Cheryl CalelloRockaway Borough
Alan Gerber
Alan Gerber
14:47 24 Aug 20
I highly recommend Open Road Driving Academy. It was easy to get set up and to schedule the lessons, the paperwork was minimal, and the instructor was terrific. They did the MVC paperwork for the permit, and also gave us valuable info on getting through the post-test paperwork to actually get through the license. They're always pleasant and professional, and we'd use them again in a heartbeat!
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
00:27 10 Aug 20
Both of my kids have learned to drive with Open Road. Great experience. Kids felt comfortable with the instructor and are actually good drivers compared to their peers. Thank you Jen and Don’t (and Tom)!
Corey Abate
Corey Abate
13:54 31 Jul 20
Don and Jenn make this process as stress-free as possible, both for the kids and parents. What's more, they are a full-service operation, and even long after your child has gone through their incredible program (and it is incredible, the way they help kids feel comfortable behind the wheel from the first moment the first lesson begins), they make themselves available to answer questions and help guide families through this process. I can't praise them enough.
Meredith Hesterfer
Meredith Hesterfer
00:25 30 Jul 20
We’ve had, and continue to have, a great experience with Open Road. My twin boys passed the road test thanks to them. Now we just await getting their actual physical license. Even during this extremely rediculous time with having to deal with the DMV...they always call right back when I’ve emailed or left messages regarding what’s next. Highly recommend!
Robyn Trezza
Robyn Trezza
17:33 20 Jul 20
I highly recommend Open Road Academy. My daughter was extremely nervous to drive, but Don was very patient and reassuring, giving her the confidence she needed. During the pandemic, Don communicated with us every step of the way as we waited for the DMV to open. Excellent customer service, can't say enough good things about them. Thank you Don!
Domenick Carmagnola
Domenick Carmagnola
12:38 13 Feb 20
Jessica Capozzi
Jessica Capozzi
22:35 14 Jan 20
Dani was super nice & helpful. She was very sweet & easy going. I loved that she was my driving instructor. If you need someone great, I suggest Dani!!!
Elizabeth Amero
Elizabeth Amero
17:03 09 Jan 20
My daughter just finished her 6 hours with Dani & she was awesome. At the end of every session she went over everything with me. My daughter was extremely nervous & Dani made her feel at ease & confident. I would definitely recommend them!
Debbie Fitzpatrick
Debbie Fitzpatrick
22:56 15 Oct 19
We truly truly want to thank Don, Jen, and Tom, for all you did for our son Nicholas which by the way passed his road test today. Thank you guys you guys are truly awesome and amazing and you truly do make the kid's feel at ease. Thank you for all you guys do from the Vega Fitzpatrick family. 👌👌👌👌👌👌😊
Outstanding customer service!
TODD FINCHLER
TODD FINCHLER
18:23 27 Feb 19
Don taught my son - and now my daughter - how to drive. He is patient, supportive, professional - everything you could possibly want in a driving instructor. But, Don is more than a driving instructor. He is more of a driving mentor. He understands the need to gain the confidence of your child, so they can master the skills needed to drive safely. He turned my rather anxious daughter into a more confident driver and, for that, my wife and I are eternally grateful. Don is truly an outstanding driving instructor - and - an even better person. I recommend Don and Open Road to anyone who asks about driving schools. Don, thanks again for everything!
Todd F.
Todd F.
10:25 27 Feb 19
Don taught my son - and now my daughter - how to drive. He is patient, supportive, professional - everything you could possibly want in a driving...
matimney1
matimney1
14:32 13 Feb 19
My son just completed his driving lessons with Open Road and had a really great experience. His instructor Sal made him feel confident and prepared to drive for the first time. My son loved it. The academy also does all the paper work and annoying DMV interactions for you, which with my busy schedule was crucial. Finally they drop off and pick up all paper work at your residence so the whole process was effortless. Thank you guys. I highly recommend Open Road Driving Academy.
Carolina Colón
Carolina Colón
03:25 17 Jul 18
Don at Open Road Academy was very professional and accommodating with the scheduling. My daughter was happy with the instructions she received from Don as he made her feel comfortable and helped her gain confidence behind the wheel (she was so nervous!) Thanks for the great customer service!
Jennifer Beck Miller
Jennifer Beck Miller
18:31 19 Apr 18
My daughter completed her 6 hours behind the wheel with Don last month. He was professional, prompt and always very personable. He really put our nervous daughter at ease! I was very impressed with her driving skills once she got her permit. Don really went above and beyond to accommodate our crazy busy schedule which really showed his dedication to customer service. Open Road is definitely a great choice for your child's driving lessons!
Nick Carlson
Nick Carlson
03:19 01 Mar 18
Our son just completed the 6-hour course with Don. We were extremely pleased with Don's service and professionalism. He dropped all the forms (and picked up the completed ones) in our mailbox - excellent service, highly recommended.
Raghu raman Murugaiyan
Raghu raman Murugaiyan
15:20 13 Feb 18
Don did a fabulous job, he's friendly, at the same time pointed out the mistake and corrected my driving
I highly recommend this driving school Don is the best!
Justine Martinez
Justine Martinez
02:47 06 Sep 17
I went to Don for a few refresher-lessons before my road test, and I never felt more at ease while driving with him. He's literally the coolest guy you will ever meet, and he taught me more in one hour than I EVER learned from Evelyn at Alpine. I aced my road test and I owe it all to Don!!!!
Karoline genung
Karoline genung
22:27 10 May 17
Great experience! Don made everything easy from the start. The paperwork to the driving lessons. I highly recommend Open Road!
Kelly Yacuk
Kelly Yacuk
15:17 30 Mar 17
This is a great driving school. They are efficient, organized and friendly. My daughter had a great experience.
Pam Klein
Pam Klein
01:44 13 Feb 17
Kristi Augenstein
Kristi Augenstein
00:58 13 Feb 17
Tricia Saul
Tricia Saul
23:24 12 Feb 17
Divya Raghunathan
Divya Raghunathan
20:25 27 Oct 16
I would Highly Recommend Open Road Driving academy. Don, the instructor was extremely patient and well versed with training new drivers. The reason I am comfortable behind the wheel today is DON. He was very professional and at the same time very accommodating with the timings.If you are a first time driver either excited or scared to drive, Open Road Driving Academy is the best choice. Don knows how to tailor the teaching technique according to your personality. Thanks Don for everything you taught me. I promise to be a Safe Driver on the Road 🙂
Da Schnitz
Da Schnitz
22:36 01 Sep 16
From first contact, to my stepdaughter's last lesson, Don Willmot and Open Road Driving Academy were professional, punctual and perfect at what they do. My stepdaughter was terrified of driving. She wanted to drive but was extremely tense when Don came to pick her up. By the end of the 6th hour, she was well underway and enjoying the process of learning to drive rather than dreading it. Don's vast experience with beginners and insights into what she was going through, worked in tandem with his creative strategies for helping my stepdaughter conquer fears and begin the process of learning to drive.Don is patient and super reliable. His warm personality puts the student driver at ease early on...First rate!This review should serve as the strongest possible recommendation for Open Road. You will not be disappointed!
Tim Friel
Tim Friel
15:40 29 Aug 16
Highly recommend Don and Open Road, what a great experience. Don took all the stress out of the learning process for our daughter. Don't hesitate to call Open Road today and talk to the expert!
Steve S.
Steve S.
06:06 25 Jun 16
I needed to get my daughter driving lessons to get her permit and then license and we were lucky enough to find Don and Open Road Driving. I was a nervous...
Jackie Fontes
Jackie Fontes
16:36 29 Apr 16
Hiring Open Road is a 'NO BRAINER!' We called Don on my son's 16 birthday, 1 week later he had his permit in hand and was driving us every where. One year later we called Don again and he ran my son thru a refresher and took him for his road test. He passed the test with no problem. Thank you Open Road!!! My son said, "Mom there is no way I would have passed that test without Don" We've recommended Open Road numerous times and will continue to do so. Plus, we will be hiring him for our next 2 children.
Patty Hergert
Patty Hergert
22:18 16 Jan 16
On a scale of 1-10, I give Open Road Diving Academy a 15!!! Since enrolling my son to his last day of driving, we had the BEST service from Don. Don is a very personable guy and my son was very comfortable driving with him. I will definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for a driving school. Thanks again Don!!!
Rosmarie Scafati
Rosmarie Scafati
14:47 24 Jul 15
Don is great with the children! Wouldn't go anywhere else. - thank you Jen & Don!!!!!
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Dave Bellizzi - 133731 ray3939
00:26 22 Jun 15
The best people to call to teach your kids how to drive safely and defensively.
Emma Kapner
Emma Kapner
01:50 11 Jun 15
I had a wonderful experience at Open Road Driving Academy. Five stars, I would definitely recommend this service!
Karen Mongrella
Karen Mongrella
18:02 12 Apr 15
5 stars! Don is the best. Wouldn't trust my kids with anyone else.
Nick Sierchio
Nick Sierchio
15:54 10 Apr 15
Top Notch, Very professional, Knowledgeable and accommodating to your schedule. Our son aced his road test after using Open Road Driving Academy. The DMV instructor even said to me he drove like he has been doing this for years, best parallel parker of the day. Definitely recommend these guys for your son or daughter..hands down.
Barbara Greenblatt
Barbara Greenblatt
02:31 10 Apr 15
Don is the best! He is professional, trustworthy and so knowledgeable. Your child will not only learn how to drive, they will also learn to respect the rules of the road. Open Road Driving Academy is the only driving school to trust!
Emma Kapner
Emma Kapner
22:07 09 Apr 15
Don taught me how to drive and I passed the test on my first try!!! Don's a great teacher and very friendly. 🙂
Tracy Keyes Dragos
Tracy Keyes Dragos
20:52 09 Apr 15
David Kapner
David Kapner
20:39 09 Apr 15
Don taught my daughter Emma to drive and he went with her to take the test. My son Eric just turned 16 and Don will be getting out repeat business. I highly recommend him!

Testimonials

Top notch, very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating to your schedule. Our son aced his road test after using Open Road Driving Academy. The DMV instructor even said to me he drove like he has been doing this for years, best parallel parker of the day. Definitely recommend these guys for your son or daughter…hands down.”

Nick Sierchio

On a scale of 1-10, I give Open Road Diving Academy a 15!!! Since enrolling my son to his last day of driving, we had the BEST service from Don. Don is a very personable guy and my son was very comfortable driving with him. I will definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for a driving school. Thanks again, Don!!!

Patty Hergert

Don at Open Road Academy was very professional and accommodating with the scheduling. My daughter was happy with the instructions she received from Don as he made her feel comfortable and helped her gain confidence behind the wheel (she was so nervous!) Thanks for the great customer service!

Carolina Colón

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