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Our company motto of “Where Learning is Doing,”™ is founded upon our central core value to create a supportive learning environment for newly licensed drivers not only to be able to understand the theory of driving but also the practical importance of operating a vehicle for successful driving careers ahead. D.T.S.M. owner and founder, Chris Dougherty, began his career in driver training in 1963 in England. As an experienced driving instructor, Mr. Dougherty moved to Canada with his wife and three children. Shortly afterwards, D.T.S.M. Driving Schools was founded in 1981.

Mr. Dougherty was a Chief Instructor for the Ministry of Transportation, where he taught at Algonquin College, countless men and women seeking new careers over the last 40 years in the driving instruction industry.

D.T.S.M. is now providing online driver education, reaching countless individuals who at one time would not have access to the standard format of driver’s education where we have taught over the last 40 years tens of thousands of individuals to obtain their driver’s license.

D.T.S.M.’s legacy carries on today with Mr. Dougherty’s wife, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and wife.

We are proud to announce that we have won the Gold Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence for over 22 years in the “Automotive and Transportation” category.

Thank you, Ottawa.

  • D.T.S.M.™ stands for "Driving Test School of Motoring."
  • At D.T.S.M.™ Driving Schools, defensive driving is #1.
  • D.T.S.M.™ is a Ministry-Approved BDE Program Provider.
  • D.T.S.M.™ is a Ministry Approved Digital Online BDE Program Provider.
  • At D.T.S.M.™ Driving Schools, our main objective is to train all students to become competent, safe and defensive drivers.
  • D.T.S.M.™ also participates in the Community High School Driver Education Programs.

D.T.S.M.™ is the #1 Driving School in Ottawa and surrounding areas.

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