"People joke that I'm either very brave or crazy to teach teens how to drive!"

Hello, my name is Dan Black. In 2011, my wife, Bea, and I started Top Gear Driving School to better serve the citizens of the Columbia Gorge. Our mission is to provide the best possible training for both youth and adult students in traffic safety.  We strive to teach students how to be safe drivers in diverse driving environments, not to simply prepare students to pass the Department of Licensing tests.  We provide the best traffic safety training available at an affordable and competitive price.

A new feature available began December 1, 2012 is testing previously only provided at the D. O.L.  The Washington State Department of Licensing has now authorized driving schools to give the knowledge and driving(skills) tests to students and adults .
  This service started in King County and is now available throughout the state.  With state cut backs, and the growing baby boomer population needing testing, state agencies have a hard time scheduling enough drive test times. We offer this service by appointment only.  As the need increases we will add specific hours for this service.  Feel free to call 360-975-2799 for more information.

    I love teaching!

I have been teaching driver training for over 6 years. I started teaching drivers education part time at Washougal High School. Later I taught drivers education part time at Stevenson High School beginning in 2006 until 2009 when the program was discontinued. Later, I taught at a driving school in Camas for 2 1/2 years prior to starting Top Gear Driving School in Stevenson. 
I spent most of my life in the grocery business climbing the corporate ladder in store management. I also was a sales representative for a large snack food company for 2 years.  I have has always wanted my own business, but never really felt a passion for anything until teaching traffic safety.  I love to teach. I love the feeling that every teacher feels when a student succeeds.


I received my initial driving instructor training at Central Washington University while earning a Bachelors degree in elementary education. In 1992 I graduated with endorsements in Elementary Education K-8, Reading K-12 and Drivers Education. I taught grades 3-4 and 5 at Cape Horn-Skye School in the Washougal School District. I have also been a substitute teacher in several school districts at all grade levels since graduating from CWU.

    Why I love what I do

I love teaching and preparing our youth to be safe and efficient drivers. When I tell people what I do, many people joke that I am either very brave or crazy for wanting to get in a car with teenagers. Some have even told me I should be wearing a helmet!  I love the experience. I have the opportunity to get to know youth in a different setting. Each student is unique and learns differently.  I love the challenge that this provides.  I have also taught adults the skills needed to be safe and efficient drivers. Some have been new drivers who have had a desire to get a license, while others have been drivers who have needed some extra practice in order to pass the driving test at the DMV.