Ahead of the pandemic, the Coronado Times interviewed Ahmad Williams about training new drivers (teenagers and adults) here in Coronado. Then came COVID-19.
As San Diego County falls into the Orange category, we’re reaching out to local businesses to find out how they’ve been impacted and how they’re progressing:
How has the pandemic impacted your business over the past 12 months?
The pandemic was pretty scary at first. We have been drained of most of our funds due to refunds from our clients. Additionally, there was a plethora of unknowns with the DMV as to when we might reopen. However, we received grants that helped keep our office in downtown San Diego and saved us from having to relocate elsewhere.
Now that San Diego County is on the Orange level, what does this mean for your business?
We are delighted to have progressed so far. Hopefully we can be back in full swing before the summer. We reopened on March 30, 2021, just over a year since our closure last March.
What Covid-19 precautions should you and your customers take to have a safe driving experience?
We ask our customers to wear masks. Nothing else. On our side, we clean and disinfect the interior of our vehicles after each lesson. In addition, we limit our number of appointments to two lessons per day.
What are your main driver education services?
We provide the vehicle for driving training for teens and adults in manual transmission and automatic transmission. We come to our customers’ homes for pickup.
In Coronado, do you mainly teach beginner or teenage drivers?
In Coronado, we mainly teach teenagers for the first time, but we welcome students of all ages.
What is the best advice you give to new drivers?
The best advice, easier said than done, is not to overthink it. Trying to be calm and relaxed is helpful in gaining confidence while driving. If new drivers are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, we invite them to call us.
Coronado teens improve their driving skills thanks to Ahmad Williams