John Bolen

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John Bolen

Co-Owner of All Florida Safety Institute, Owner of A Treasure Coast Driving School, Statewide Driver Instructor Training Provider of Modern Approaches to Traffic Safety.

My job responsibilities: Director of Education and Curricular programs for (2) driving schools that use over 100 combined cars. These driving schools serve public and private school systems as well as many countless individuals on a private instructional basis.These driving schools also are certified by the State of Florida to administer the knowledge skills (Learners Permit test) and also the actual driving test so that students can do the ROAD TEST with the schools and then simply go to the Tax Collector/DMV and get their picture taken.  John also wrote a statewide Driving School Instructor Curriculum used to train commercial driving school instructors for eligibility of employment by other driving schools throughout the State of Florida.

Why I joined on the Coalition: I am very passionate that driver’s education may be the single most important thing that we teach our youth that has a LIFELONG lasting impression and if done correctly can have lifelong safety skills for a person’s entire driving career.

Professional accomplishments Public School teacher 30 years (retired 2 years ago). Several National Awards (voted by driving schools across the USA and Canada) from Driving School Association of America’s organization, Past Board member and Executive Vice President of Driving Schools Association of the Americas (DSAA).

Hobbies or areas of interest outside of work: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Ohio State Buckeyes, also playing the drums (metal) and  of course spending time with wife and family.

What was your favorite song when you were a teenager? Anything Metal, yes I was a head banger.

What make and model was your first car? 1974 Chevy Nova Super Sport.

What has changed most about driving from the time you were a teenager to now? Everyone’s overall attitude (life in general) and how everything has to be DONE right now and EVERYTHING always has to be at our fingertips… People have unfortunately woven and entwined that into driving habits as well.

The one tip I would give any new teen driver would be: “Put the phone down, and start paying attention to directions, even google isn’t always right.”

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