Driver Education

When you’re behind the wheel of a car, you are responsible for your actions. Many new teen drivers have crashes, and the consequences — both legal and personal — can be serious. You could kill someone, be killed or seriously injure yourself, loved ones or others. Doesn’t it make sense to be taught how to drive by a professional?

What Driver Education Teaches You

  • How to identify and manage risk.
  • The rules of the road, signs, signals and markings.
  • Basic operation of a vehicle.
  • Risk prevention techniques, how to handle emergencies and how to prevent distractions.
  • Financial and legal responsibilities associated with driving.

Find a Driver Education Program That’s Right for You

  • Help your parents research and identify schools in your area.
  • Get recommendations from friends who have taken driver training, along with their parents.
  • Talk to people about classroom vs. online classes.
  • Check to see if driving schools use current training materials, have professional instructors and maintain clean classrooms and safe vehicles.
  • Don’t settle for driving schools that advertise quick or easy programs — focus on quality.

Even though New Jersey youth are not required to take driver education, don’t pass up this critical step.

 What to look for: 

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 – Courses at driving schools are designed to teach new and teen drivers fundamental skills required to drive a motor vehicle. This printable guide has lots of tips about picking the right driving school. Be sure to share it with your parents.
  • Becoming the New Driver in Your Family – This brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of being a safe driver.