Driver Education

Turning your teen into a safe driver is a complex task. It involves learning the rules of the road and how to safely operate a vehicle – two big areas where professional driver education and training can help tremendously.

Quality driver education provides a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that can help mold a safe driver. It can also help preserve your relationship with your teen, as even very skilled and safety-conscious parents might not have the time or temperament to be the best teacher.

Choosing a Quality Driving School

When the time comes to pick a driving school, look beyond your budget and timeframe to seek out a quality driving school—one that focuses on your teen’s safety, not just passing the license test at the cheapest price.

  • Ask around. Does your local high school offer driver education? Check with friends and neighbors about driving schools 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.
  • Focus on quality. Don’t settle for driving schools that advertise quick or easy programs.
  • 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.

 

Kentucky teens are required to either complete a driver education program or wait until they turn 18 to advance to a full license. A teen that completes the intermediate phase and one of the qualifying classes can get a full license at age 17. Driver education program options are:

  • A 4-hour graduated licensing course, offered for free by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
  • A high school driver’s education course or a similar course offered by a Kentucky community college, vocational school or Job Corps.
  • A private driver training course at state-approved driver training school.

Does your local AAA club offer driver education?