Newport Driving School


Daily Pilot


A2 Thursday 14, 2001


Norma Adrianzen

She is driven in her work

A gatekeeper to that rite of passage, that coveted and somehow glamorously perceived privilege of getting someplace without the parents - a.k.a. driving.


Teenagers - they're not so bad, says driving instructor Norma Adrianzen. In fact, they're better drivers than most adults. They do it naturally, almost as if they're riding a bike, and the four-year instructor for Newport Driving School said she never tires of their enthusiasm.
Except when it comes to the instructional videos.
"it's too boring for them," she said with a laugh.
Adrianzen has always worked in the field of driving There's something about a sit-down office job that makes her feel trapped, she said. And there's something about teaching teenagers that lifts her day. "When I'm with the kids, It's more fun because they're laughing and they're always happy," she said.

When it comes to behind-the-wheel training, boys are usually less scared, Adrianzen said, and some want to do things their own way, not the proper way. A few girls appear petrified. Others demonstrate that they've known how to drive long before getting to the school.
Adrianzen sits beside the teen drivers as they roam local streets and sometimes even the freeways.
"It's harder to teach adults," she said. "The adults from foreign countries, they're very difficult,"

Take people from India, Adrianzen said as an example. They're so used to driving on the other side of the road that sometimes their tendency is to go against traffic.
"And women from Saudi Arabia forbidden to drive. They don't have any idea on what is red light, green light, yellow light, "the instructor said.

Adrianzen admits it's hard to leave her work at the office. Every time she sits in the passenger's seat - be it her friend's or a relative's - she can't help but check how people are driving.
"I guess if you want to teach something, whether you like it or not, you get that into you," she said.

- Story by Young Chang, photo by Greg Fry

Please contact us to get started, a new session begins this January 10th 2018.


Safe Driver Checklist

Before Starting the Vehicle:

  • Adjust the mirrors and seat.
  • Fasten the safety belt.
  • Know where the operating controls are located.

Starting the Vehicle:

  • Vehicle is in “Park” or “Neutral”.
  • Foot is on the brake pedal.
  • Start the vehicle smoothly.

Moving Forward:

  • Signal.
  • Look over your shoulder before pulling into traffic.


  • Stop when necessary, behind crosswalk, or limit line.


  • Signal and slow for turns.
  • Begin and end turns in the correct lane.
  • Yield the right-of-way, when necessary.
  • Accept the legal right-of-way when safe.
  • See and react to hazards.


  • Before moving, survey your surroundings for possible obstacles.
  • Check the mirrors and look quickly to the side while backing.
  • Look over your right shoulder when backing.

Changing Lanes:

  • Signal.
  • Check the mirrors.
  • Check over your shoulder.
  • Change lanes safely.

Driving On The Freeway:

  • Check the traffic flow.
  • Time your entry onto the freeway.
  • Check the mirrors and over your shoulder when accelerating into a gap in traffic.
  • Signal early and slow to the posted speed on the exit ramp.
  • Adjust your speed to the road conditions.

Defensive Driving Techniques:

  • Check the mirrors frequently and before braking.
  • Check the cross streets before entering an intersection.
  • Check the signal lights and signs.
  • Keep your eyes “moving” (watch the sides and middle of the road).
  • Allow plenty of room around the vehicle.
  • Follow at a safe distance.

Please contact us to get started, a new session begins this Sept 21st 2017.

Looking to hire good driving instructors

We are excited to have so many students attending our Driver Education courses.

Summer is always busy.

Newport Driving School is look to hire great people with a desire to teach young people

the art of staying alive on our roadways.

Please contact us to get started, a new session begins this Aug 7th 2017.

AB 60 Program Information

Assembly Bill (AB) 60 (Chapter 524: Statutes of 2013) requires the department to issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States. Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet all other qualifications for licensure and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency.

For further assistance in providing the proper documentation, select AB 60 Checklist.

AB 60 also requires the department to develop regulations and consult with interested parties in an effort to assist the department in identifying documents that will be acceptable for the purposes of providing documentation to establish identity and residency.

Attention AB 60 Applicants: To schedule an appointment to visit a DMV field office to obtain a California driver license under AB 60, select Field Office Visit Appointment.

AB 60 Applicant Resources

How to Apply for Your Original Driver License

Applicants applying for a driver license under AB 60 can now make an appointment online, on the DMV Now iPhone/ Android applications or by phone at 1-800-777-0133, to visit a DMV office.

Note: This appointment should be made as an “Original Driver License.” and is required for all original driver license applications. However, same day service is available at driver license processing centers (DLPC) without an appointment.

Customers applying for an original driver license will need to do the following:

•    Study for the driver license knowledge test
•    Make an appointment before visiting a DMV office (walk-ins are only accepted at our Driver License Processing Centers)
•    Complete a driver license application form (DL 44) available at the DMV office
•    Under AB 60, applicants will need to provide DMV with Proof of Identity and California Residency

Applicants must also do the following:

•    Pay the application fee
•    Pass a vision test, knowledge test, and if applicable, a road sign test
•    Give a thumb print
•    Have a picture taken
•    Schedule a future appointment for the behind-the-wheel driving test, if applicable

Applicants under 18 applying for an original driver license will also need to submit proof of driver education completion. For more information about obtaining a new driver license, visit Driver License and Identification Card Information