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Choosing a Driving School in Montreal

If you’re looking for general tips on choosing a driving school in Montreal, this post may or may not be for you. However, it may help you figure out where and which school you would like to sign up to. This is a journal of my though process while choosing where to take my driving lessons.

Should It Be Close to Work or Home

First question before I am even going to start looking for schools is whether I should find a school near my apartment in NDG or my workplace in Little Italy.

The advantages of a driving school near home are:

  • Require less travel on weekends
  • Would end relatively close to home for classes

The advantages of a driving school near work are:

  • Less travel on weekdays
  • May require extra travel on weekends

I’d rather not waste too much time on the weekends so I’ve decided to look at a driving school closer to home. In fact, I’ve pinpointed a location. I will be looking at driving schools near Snowdon metro.

Snowdon is on the same metro line as my workplace and is only one stop away from my home. This makes it a hassle free area for my driving lessons.

While researching schools, I learnt that you can not often switch branches. Driving school branches are not always owned by the same people so there may be a fee for switching.

Driving Schools near Snowdon Metro

There seems to be three real driving schools near Snowdon. Real driving schools have websites that can be found relatively easy.

They all have horrible looking websites.

  1. Morty’s Driving School – http://www.mortysdrivingschool.com/
  2. Transit Driving School – http://www.transitdrivingschool.com/
  3. City Driving School – http://www.smartdrivers.com/

City Driving School

Their site gave me a bad vibe and they have a really confusing tiered pricing system. I’ve already eliminated them as an option.

Morty’s Driving School Montreal

They have some reviews on other sites and seems decent. The pricing is similar to Transit ($825). Most negative reviews are tied to their other branches.

Transit Driving School Snowdon

They are having a promotion where the cost of the classes are cheaper than the competition ($699). They also offer the most information about what the actual class progression is. I’ll be calling them today!

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January 2017 Goals

UPDATE: I didn’t accomplish everything on my list. I don’t really have any excuses and I should probably have done a better job at building a budget. Let’s see how next month goes!

I heard writing down your goals helps you to accomplish them. Here are the things I feel like I can accomplish in January 2017.

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Diary Driver's License in Montreal Travel

Why Get a Driver’s License When City Commuting is So Easy

Driving is expensive, taking the bus or subway isn’t. There’s less flexibility, but the savings and the extra reading time are definitely worth it. Getting your driver’s permit in Quebec also isn’t cheap, costing both a cash and time. It’s why I figured it wasn’t worth my time getting a driver’s permit.

Traveling to Remote Parks

I recently got back from a canoe camping trip at La Mauricie National Park for work. It was extremely enjoyable and I’d like to relive a similar experience.

The problem is that I would need to find lifts. Most national parks and remote campgrounds are not easily accessible by foot or bus. As someone who hates planning, it would be much easier for me to rent a car for a weekend than try and plan something with my friends or family members with licenses. It also doesn’t hurt that you will be able to get into any Park Canada parks free soon!

Spontaneous Day Trips

This is pretty obvious. While travelling out of the country is great. If I only have a few days, I’d like to be able start exploring cities around Montreal.

Cheap Hotel Rooms

I don’t mind the idea of sleeping in car. Will have to update this when I try it.

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Why I launched t.omlinson.com

I’ve finally finished the first version of t.omlinson.com.

I was getting tired of the “philtomm” as a username and domain name. It violated one of the most important rules in almost all disciplines: if you’re creating something that other people will use, make it idiot proof.

My email is philip@philtomm, with two “M”s, dot com.

The number of confused looks and the amount of people who would ignore the two “M”s warning or end up putting three “M”s was higher than expected.

In addition, the double “M” started to look just plain ugly.

I’m launching this site as is, but I will definitely work on the design in the future. I just want to get back into a more consistent blogging habit before investing me time in coding and design for this personal project.

Broken Link Warning

You may still get broken links as I didn’t do a massive clean up yet. I did try to limit the number of broken images. In any case, have fun clicking on things that lead to nowhere.

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Merged All My Old Web Properties

I could go on a rant about how I want to create a stronger personal brand, but that would be bullshit.

While doing some spring autumn cleaning, I discovered a few funky files informing me that I’ve been hacked.

I had neglected to update core WordPress, themes and plugins of a lot of my first web projects. I have payed the price for my laziness.

I feel like it will be easier to manage and less risky if I just begin to dump it all my content here.

I had not found a niche that I was particular passionate about. I also hadn’t/haven’t found the willpower to force myself into becoming obsessed about a topic. So I am not too affected by the hack (most of the sites had been abandoned), it’s just pretty annoying to have to half-ass redirect everything late at night.

In any case, there’s a bunch more cleaning to be done in the next few days.