1/20/22  Dan's Covid test negative.  

1/12/22  I am not sure why people are still using snow and icy roads as a reason for not coming to driving lessons.  The roads are just fine.  Please remember that if you are not going to show up for your driving lesson you need to give a 24 hour notice.  I had 4 people not come today.  I think that is a record.  There is a fee for not showing up and giving that 24 hour notice.

1/10/22 I am hearing of a rock slide at Dog Mountain.  Also watch tunnel 3 coming out on the west side because of falling rock.

1/10/22  Because the weather is so unpredictable I have canceled all driving lessons for today.  If you would like to come in and take a knowledge test I plan to be in my office all day.  The Zoom class will still be held tonight providing we have power and internet. 

1/7/22  Happy day!! I will be doing driving lessons tomorrow again.  If you feel uncomfortable with coming, please let me know that you will not be coming for your driving lesson.  Those coming from the east side, watch the 3rd tunnel.  We had rocks falling when we went to White Salmon and when we came back home.  They almost hit our truck.  Finally, if you need to do a knowledge test, you can come at 2pm tomorrow.  Glad we are almost back to normal.  There is still snow creating some challenges for parallel parking and the backing maneuver.  I think I-84 is open again in both directions so we can do freeway driving.

1/5/22 Because of the roads in Stevenson not being plowed we are still not able to do driving lessons or Department of Licensing Driving tests.  However, I will be in my office all day tomorrow beginning at 9am, 1/6/22, for the knowledge test for my class as well as Department of Licensing.

1/4/22 There will be no driving lessons or testing today.  I am not able to get out of my driveway yet.  I have a guy coming to plow it today.  Stay safe and warm.

1/2/22 Because of icy roads there will not be any driving lessons tomorrow, 1/3/22.  However, classes will be taught via Zoom as scheduled.  I am also willing to do some testing if anyone is interested.  Please call to make an appointment.  We also came home to frozen and broken water pipes so we are dealing with fixing this situation.

12/29/21 Hope everyone is having a wonderful time during this Winter Break.  And it is Winter.  We are enjoying time with family.  Our office will not be open until January 3rd.  Hopefully, the roads will be ready for driving lessons.

12/20/21 It's snowing at my house.  However, the roads down in Stevenson are not a problem.  It's just raining down there.  That said, I don't want anyone to feel that they must come for a driving lesson this week if they feel it's unsafe, or uncomfortable.  If you would like to cancel your driving lesson it's okay.  There will be no fees for canceling.  Please let me know what you plan to do.  I have studded snow tires on one of my vehicles that we will be driving.  My only concern would be a drive 5 since we drive to Rooster Rock.  If visibility is bad I would prefer to cancel that driving lesson.

12/6/21  Our next class begins on 1/12/22 and will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 4-6pm via Zoom.  There will be a  Parent/Student Orientation on 1/8/22 at 10am also via Zoom.  The cost for the class is $450.  You can send a check to Top Gear Driving School PO Box 71 Stevenson, WA  98648.  A also accept cash and card with a $5.00 fee for the card.  Students will have 6 driving lessons with instructor.

Because of Covid 19, The Department of Licensing required that I close the Lyle location because I have not used it in such a long time.  Classes are via Zoom, and will be for an indefinite period of time.   

(360) 975-2799


Top Gear Driving School is approved and authorized by the Department of Licensing to give the knowledge and driving(skills) tests.  As of December 31, 2012 the DOL in White Salmon and Goldendale will no longer give the knowledge test and the skills (driving) test.  Testing will now be done at Top Gear Driving School.  This will benefit patrons who previously had to  go to Goldendale, White Salmon or Vancouver for testing.

This service will be available not only for beginning drivers, but for anyone needing the testing. Testing will be available by appointment only. Testing locations will not be able to take pictures, or issue a driver's license. It will be necessary to visit a Department of Licensing location  in White Salmon, Goldendale, or Vancouver.

** Very important!!!  Before you come to test, you must visit the Department of Licensing Website to get your Washington Driver's License number. 

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Washington State requires a minimum of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training, with a maximum of 1 hour per day. A minimum of 1 hour of behind-the-wheel observation is also required.

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