Keys2Drive The AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety
Driver Education

Driver Education

A quality driver training program will help your teen learn the rules of the road and how to safely operate a vehicle. It can also help you and your teen accelerate the learning process by bringing in the wisdom of professionals who often have trained hundreds or even thousands of other new drivers.

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In Illinois, public high schools must offer driver education and behind-the-wheel training.

So, how can you choose the driver education program that’s right for your teen?

Take time to find a quality school—one that focuses on your teen’s safety — instead of a school that is the least expensive, most convenient or focused solely on your teen 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 schools. Ask specific questions about their operations, curriculum and training vehicles and request references.
  • Visit several schools. Ask to sit in on a session, take a look at the vehicles and student materials.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau.

What to Look for in a Quality Driving School: 

What to Look for in a Quality Driving School

Additional resources: 

  • IL SOS Parent-Teen Driving Guide — A step-by-step guide to help parents and teens through the driving process.
  • Choosing a Driving School — Driver education courses are designed to teach new drivers the fundamental skills and basic knowledge required to drive a motor vehicle. Tips in this AAA brochure will help you select the best driver training school.
  • DMV Practice Questions — Take this sample test to determine if you're ready to take the state driving test. 
  • Driving Knowlege Quiz — You know the rules of the road? Take this quiz and find out ...
  • Teaching Your Teens to Drive — A 56-minute DVD and handbook with step-by-step approaches in helping your teen prepare to drive.