Behind The Wheel Driving School
1015 N. Aviation Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310)318-2298
License #4471

Behind the Wheel Driving School was established in 1994 by the legendary driving instructor, Frank Zock. Since then, we have been family-owned and operated in Manhattan Beach in the same location.

Frank Zock Ryan and Mandy

We are fully licensed (#4471), bonded and insured. Our licensing was approved through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. View our license information:

We provide lessons in all new model vehicles that are well-maintained.

Why do students continue to refer their friends and family to Behind the Wheel Driving School?

    • All of our instructors are fully licensed with background checks.
    • We will show up for our lessons as scheduled.
    • We have been around for over 20 years. We are not a fly-by-night type of operation like others out there.
    • We will not put our students in a driving situation like the freeway until they are ready for it.
    • We have instructors that have been teaching for over 10 years.
    • Our instructors receive continued training to keep them up to speed with new traffic laws, driving trends and effective methods of teaching driver safety.
    • We have all new model vehicles from 2011 to newer.
    • We pick up and drop off anywhere within our service area 7 days a week for no extra charge.
    • All of our vehicles are properly maintained and are equipped with a dual gas and brake pedal.
    • Most of our customers come to us from referrals, which proves that we have satisfied our previous customers.
    • We strive to teach our students to drive legally and safely. Additionally, we provide helpful tips on how to pass the DMV drive test.

Here is what our previous customers have said about us:

5 Star Yelp Review from 03/11/2014
“I would highly recommend BTW Driving School! As anticipated, they are very professional. If you are looking to take a driving class then this is the right place. Leslie and Ryan are both wonderful. I obtained my license because of their valuable instructions, detailed observations and thoughtful feedback.

During the actual driving test, the examiner asked me to change lanes at intersection and also when there was a car in my blind spot… Thanks you BTW for keeping me well prepared for such scenarios. I passed my test on the first attempt !!!

Thanks Guys !!! :)”


5 Star Yelp Review from 06/09/2013
“We've used BTW for both of our daughters and have been consistently happy with their level of professionalism, service and friendly teachers.  I was extremely (!) dubious about letting my daughters in a car with a complete stranger but my fears were assuaged not only by the people in the office -- with whom I spoke every time I had a question -- but by the completely "normal" (yes, that's a great thing with a driving instructor) teachers that showed up to pick up our kids.  They make things convenient (pick-up is wherever, locally, you specify: school, church, tutoring, wherever), the cost is reasonable and without exception the teachers are punctual, knowledgeable and helpful.  I can't say enough good things about the company.   They're local and very professional and, most importantly, both of my daughters felt really comfortable with their teachers.  You'll be happy if you call them!”

5 Star Google Review from 2012

My name is Vanessa Melo and I am From Brazil. Last year I moved to Los Angeles and I Have never driven before in Rio. I was afraid of getting behind the wheel and I really thought that I would be unable to learn. The life in Los Angeles is hard for people who don’t drive and I found out super quick that it was impracticable to live here without a car. I decided to take classes at behind the wheel driving school but I was still feeling hopeless. On my first day I was really nervous and I met my teacher Mr. Fernando for the first time. He was a patient and responsible instructor, giving me the right environment to learn and overcome my fears of driving. I took a couple of classes with Fernando and in a few days I started to drive around LA. He gave me the confidence I needed and showed me how I was as capable of driving as anyone. Mr. Fernando, who was directly responsible for my conquest of getting behind the wheel, is a respected instructor and his work is based on a lot of experience and responsibility. His methods of teaching are effective and I felt safe and comfortable learning with him. Besides the fact that he is a well-trained teacher he also cares about the results of his job. Now, I am driving myself around and my fears of driving are gone. I want to congratulate Behind the wheel for holding competent instructors like Mr. Fernando. I recommend the school and I am confident that a competent teacher can make the difference for anyone.”

Meet the BTW Team:


BTW Values:
-Empowering our students by teaching them to develop a continued interest in improving their driver safety. We value living life in a mindful fully conscious way, by being courteous and thoughtful to others on the road and planet.

BTW Goals:
-To teach our students to drive legally and safely
-To pass the written test, obtain a permit
-To pass the drive test, obtain a license
-To drive collision-free and moving violation free for life.
-With these goals, we aspire to spread safety and positivity on the roads and beyond.

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