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Michele Montagano, “Mr. M,” in front of All About Driving’s new home, with Excel Driving School. Photo provided (click for larger version)
December 01, 2010 - All About Driving and Excel Driving school host an open house, 6-9 p.m., Dec. 3; and 12-4 p.m., Dec. 4, announcing the combining of the two driving schools.

All About Driving and Excel Driving School, both of Waterford, will soon be housed under the same roof. Starting in January, both companies will operate at the current location of Excel Driving School, 4620 Dixie Highway.

The idea came about when Rachel Duncan, owner of Excel, and Michele Montagano, owner of All About Driving, realized that combining their two companies under one roof would help them provide more services to students in the Waterford and Clarkston area.

All About Driving will provide instruction to teens at Clarkston Schools, Waterford Schools and the office on Dixie Highway. "Mr. M," owner of All About Driving, will also offer road testing. Excel Driving School will work with adults and persons with disabilities providing evaluations and training.

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Excel Driving School has been located in the Waterford area for the last 10 years.

"During that time we have been a full service driving school providing teen and adult training," Duncan said. "We have always specialized in training students with special needs."

Going into the future, the school will focus solely on training adults and persons with disabilities.

"We have Certified Driving Instructors, Driving Rehabilitation Specialists and an Occupational Therapist that will work with adults and teens that need an intensive and individualized program," she said. "We offer driver evaluations, on-line courses, simulation training and private driving lessons."

All About Driving opened in the Clarkston area in 2004, providing teen and adult programs in the Waterford and Clarkston areas. When they move, they will take over the current teen business provided by Excel.

"Mr. M is known for his excellent teaching skills and attention to details," Duncan said. "The families in this area have supported him and his school by returning again and again. The students leaving his classes are safe and educated drivers. We are excited about this new venture so we can continue to provide great training for our future drivers."

Classes can be scheduled at Excel Driving School, 248-673-6799, or All About Driving, 248-623-0799.

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