Driver Education

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.

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

Choosing the Driver Education Program That’s Right for Your Teen

Take 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 questions about the quality of their operations, and ask for 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
Require instructors to complete ongoing training.
Have reasonable student-teacher ratios.
Are members of professional associations such as American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association and Driving School Association of the Americas.
Want, encourage and facilitate parental involvement.
Have a solid history of resolving complaints to their customers' satisfaction.


  • 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.