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Two local driving schools join forces

In the new facility, students can expect to learn in a progressive, contemporary facility with a focus on technology in the classroom
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OUR DRIVING SCHOOL
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After 30 years, Howson Driving School has joined forces with Our Driving School to offer students even more flexible course dates, all under one roof!

You can now find Howson Driving School & Our Driving School in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility located beside Great Lakes Honda at 423 Pim Street. The decision to merge was an easy one for Howson owner, Tim Howson, and Francine Floreani, owner of Our Driving School.

“We really wanted to offer our students more flexible course dates and provide them with the opportunity to not only attend day courses, but ones in the evening as well for those students who work during the day. Howson was the only driving school in the Sault offering evening classes, so I thought – why not work together?” said Francine Floreani.

Tim Howson brings with him 40 years of experience as an instructor. He had this to say about his decision to merge with Our Driving School; “I was excited about this opportunity because I knew I wanted to take some time off with the arrival of my new granddaughter. I was also thrilled to join together with an owner who shares the same passion for modernization and offering students the ability to learn in a progressive, contemporary facility with a focus on technology in the classroom.”

The new facility provides students an opportunity to learn in a large, auditorium-style classroom setting equipped with interactive tools to encourage student engagement and participation. With the addition of the team from Howson Driving School, Our Driving School is now the largest in the Sault and area with over seven in-car instructors and four in-class instructors.

When building the new facility, the Floreanis took an eco-friendly approach. “We knew we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to be as environmentally friendly as we could, so we made sure to include ways to help conserve energy! We installed a large solar panel at the entrance of Our Driving School that absorbs sunlight to generate electricity, allowing us to use solar power to reduce our operating costs of electricity in our facility. We’re also located beside Great Lakes Honda and thought it would be a great idea to install an electric charging station for those in our community who own electric vehicles!” said Francine about the design.

For those interested in touring the facility, Our Driving School will be hosting a Take Five event with the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Sept. 18. If you’re interested in registering for upcoming course, students, adults and seniors can register and pay online at ourdrivingschool.com.

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