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American Defensive Driving School provides driver education services to many Illinois cities. Our driving lesson service area includes:

Chicago, Illinois

Evanston, Illinois

Skokie, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois

About Our Driving School

Whether you are an experienced driver or looking to become a new member of the driving community, American Defensive Driving School can tailor a program to suit your needs. We offer flexible classroom and behind the wheel instruction that fit your busy schedule. Our packages can be customized to include preparation for the permit test, private behind-the-wheel instruction, and road test preparation.

Meet Our Great Driving Instructors

Douglas Whitmore - Illinois Driving Instructor

Douglas Whitmore

Doug is a lifelong Evanstonian and the owner and President of American Defensive Driving School Inc. (ADDS). He is a 1979 graduate of Evanston Township High School. Doug is passionate about helping teens and adults become the safest drivers possible. Doug recently retired from the Illinois State Police as a Sergeant after 25 years of service and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that will be useful to new drivers. He knows first hand the consequences of not being properly prepared to operate a motor vehicle.

Alvin Beltran - Illinois Driving Instructor

Alvin Beltran

Al has been with American Defensive Driving School for four years. Al spent several years working in corporate America before becoming an instructor. He brings his enthusiastic style of instruction to American Defensive Driving School, which has proven to be effective at helping new drivers become well informed, safe and defensive drivers. 

Darren Williams - Illinois Driving Instructor

Darren Williams

Darren Williams is a retired firefighter/paramedic and works in the Safety Department of Evanston Township High School. An ETHS alumnus, he received his Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern Illinois University and has more than 20 years of experience working with youth and teens in the North Shore area. His instructional approach and experience in driving instruction is well-suited to new drivers of all ages.

Robert Sublette - Illinois Driving Instructor

Robert Sublette

Robert Sublette is a long-time Evanstonian and a 1984 graduate of Evanston Township High School. Robert attended Northwestern University and received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In the early 90's Robert ran the computer lab at Chute Middle School. His experience working with teens has given him the understanding and patience to work with teens as well as adults, providing sound driving instruction and proven driving techniques that assist new drivers to become knowledgeable and safe drivers.

About Us

Whether you are an experienced driver or looking to become a new member of the driving community, American Defensive Driving School can tailor a program to suit your needs. Learn more.


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1640 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
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