A quality driver education program taught by professionals who often have trained hundreds or even thousands of new drivers will help your teen learn the rules of the road and how to safely operate a vehicle. AAA’s Dare to Prepare online workshop video can help you determine how to choose a driving school.
Driver education and driver training provide the foundation for the skills and attitudes teens use for the rest of their lives. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes they learn in driver education/training classes can help them avoid traffic tickets, lower their chances of being involved in accidents, and make them into safer drivers.
Your teen may take driver education or driver training at a public or private high school, or at a state licensed driving school.
Driver Education must consist of at least:
- 30 hours of classroom instruction. The 30-hour minimum does not include breaks or meal times.
- Home study or an Internet training program. If you choose home study or an Internet training program, it must be the equivalent of the requirements for classroom instruction.
Driver Training must consist of at least:
- 6 hours of driver training.
- The driver training cannot exceed two hours per day. If your teen is in a car and observing another driver, that time does not count toward the 6 hours needed for the required behind-the-wheel driver training.
Choosing the Driver Education Program That’s Right for Your Teen
Take the time to find a quality driving school—one that focuses on your teen’s safety—instead of a driving school that is the least expensive, most convenient or focused solely on teens passing the driving test.
- Ask around. Does your local high school offer driver education? Check with friends and neighbors about programs they’ve used.
- Call several driving schools. Ask specific questions about their operations, and training vehicles and request references.
- Talk to people about classroom vs. online classes.
- Visit several driving schools. Ask to sit in on a session, take a look at the vehicles and student materials. Check to see if they use current training materials, have professional instructors and maintain clean classrooms and safe vehicles.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau.
|Quality Driving Schools||Requirements for Schools Displaying the AAA Symbol|
|Require instructors to complete ongoing education.||Newer, well-maintained driver training cars.|
|Have reasonable student-teacher ratios.||Up-to-date training materials.|
|Are members of professional associations such as American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association and Driving School Association of the Americas.||Professionally trained instructors.|
|Want, encourage and facilitate parental involvement.||A record of good business practices.|
|Have a solid history of resolving complaints to their customers' satisfaction.||Discounts to AAA members.|
- Choosing a Driving School – Driver education courses are designed to teach new drivers fundamental skills and basic knowledge required to drive a motor vehicle. Tips in this AAA brochure will help you select the best driving school.
- Teaching Your Teens to Drive – A 56-minute DVD and handbook with step-by-step approaches in helping your teen prepare to drive.