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.

Even though Iowa teens are not required to take driver education, don’t pass up this critical step.

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, curriculum 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
Require instructors to complete ongoing education.
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.