By Derryk Sivley on February 22, 2022
For the past 8 years, Harold Donahue and his DonRight Driving School team have been saving lives by providing high-quality service to driving students in Dallas County, TX. They are primarily focused on teaching road safety and reducing bad driving habits.
“What makes us different is the positive atmosphere of our driving school. Our driving lessons not only teach students how to drive but also resolves their challenges and fears during the learning phase. We truly stand to our tagline – ‘“Learn Right. Drive Right. DonRight.”
Harold Donahue is the owner of DonRight Driving School, a Dallas native, born and raised, who supports local middle school and high school sports teams. Harold is a father of two girls and a boy. What he loves about the city is the accessibility to everything you could want.
The owner has over 20 years of experience in the Transport and Safety world, and he believes that his character and approach to life of “Accountability, Discipline, and Trustworthiness” leads to his students having a positive experience, resulting in trained students with vital driving skills and defensive handling skills.
Harold is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to his community. High standards of professionalism and the strong work ethics of small business owners like Harold are the infrastructures of the Dallas economy.
Every dollar that Harold makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as DonRight Driving School supports the Police “Wounded Warriors” project, Texas Food Bank, various charities, local food drives, shrines events, as well doing long term volunteer work with Black Business Owners of Dallas.
We sat down with Harold for a quick interview –
Q: What’s the main problem you solve for your customers?
A: “We help students increase their attention span on the road by teaching the correct principles of the safe use of the privilege of driving. We ensure that graduates appreciate the need for respecting the rules of the road by highlighting the possibly fatal consequences of reckless driving. We also implement attitudinal training on how to interact with other drivers on the road.”
Q: How did you get into this profession?
A: “My background in transportation gave me an eye to view a need for a very safety-conscious driving school in the area. I have witnessed many accidents (including fatalities) that could have been prevented and I yearned to be a part of implementing those safety changes at the learning level. I hope to help prevent such tragedies from happening to my students through safety-conscious teaching methods.”
Harold has been honored with Safety Awards from Dallas Area Rapid Transit and National Junior Honors Society Speaking Award.
Q: Being a driving school owner, Harold works directly with many people, we asked him what’s the most unusual situation that ever happened to him on the job?
A: “I once had a student without arms, who had been turned down by five previous schools because of her disability. When she approached me about learning to drive, I told her that if she had a desire to learn that they would find a way to make it happen. She enrolled and quickly became one of my best students, received her lessons, and still comes back to the school to talk to my students.”
Q: What is the most significant event that ever happened to you?
A: The most meaningful moments of my life were speaking at the middle school and supporting local food drives. I was recognized by the local Middle School for services rendered to the community after I was a consistent Keynote Speaker for the Junior Honor Society.
Q: What did you learn from it?
A: I unwrapped my gift and passion for public speaking. This came from many years of implementing a teaching and training style that connects with students and helps them learn and execute life-saving driving lessons.”
Q: Do you have a hobby?
A: Reading and Writing. I will soon be publishing a book “Being a Successful Driver” which outlines my philosophy for teaching driver safety.
Q: If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a driving school, what would it be?
A: Many people select a driving school based on things like price and proximity, but the best way to know if you will have a good experience is from the references, referrals, and reviews left for the school by former students.
For those of you who are looking for a professional driving school for any type of work, Harold and the DonRight Driving School team should be your first choice. They want to help you be a finisher in driver’s ed and life. Harold seeks to connect with his students in a way that helps them accomplish their goals. Learning to drive is just a temporary portion of your progression, but if you get through it right, it can set you up for lots of success.
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