History

Established in 1956

With our roots firmly established in Connecticut our driving school started in Sterling House Community Center with Sy Knepler creating what will become a three generation family owned driving school with locations in Monroe, CT, Stratford, CT, and Boca Raton, FL. Our focus is on helping/assisting all persons obtain a driver license as well as continued safe driving and defensive driving practices. We are the only driving school who has handicap modified vehicles. We assist those with special needs as well as perform driver evaluations when needed or requested. We currently are in our third generation of driver safety instruction and training.

Sy Knepler – Founder

In 1956 Sy Knepler, a high school teacher and physical education coach opened up the first driving school for the Bridgeport out of the Sterling House Community Center. Starting with only a handful of students he was successful in creating one of the most unique driving education programs in the country and is recognized as one of the fathers of driver education in the state. Involved with many organizations including NETSEA (New England Safety Education Association, ADTSEA (Driver Traffic Safety Education Associations), former president of CTDSEA (Connecticut Driver Safety Education Association, he helped to pioneer many of the safety procedures that are taught today. He help to trained instructors all over the state setting the standard for quality driving education. Sy, believed that each student had a different learning style and would adjust his curriculum accordingly. This would be strengthened with the help of his son Gary in 1973. His knowledge and expertise in special education brought the innovation of modification equipment for vehicles.

Gary Knepler – Director
39820_107797415941015_3412143_nGary Knepler director of all operations was named People Ambassador representing the United States in Driver Education and Traffic Safety throughout the world, and has been a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist and hosted national conferences for providers for special needs drivers. As a retired licensed special education teacher for thirty-three years, Gary has worked with children and adults with a wide variety of disabilities as well as multi-challenged drivers. He joined his father’s company in 1973 bringing his knowledge to help make Knepler Driving Schools the only school in CT with vehicle modifications for handicap drivers. In addition Gary holds degrees in Sociology, Psychology, Career Education, Career Counseling, Driver Education, Motorcycle Education,and Educational Administrations.