How to find the best drivers ed class for your teen

Driver's education teachers recommend getting kids enrolled as soon as they're legally able to get behind the wheel. In many states, that age is 15, but it varies. The sooner they get their permit to drive, the more practice they’ll have before getting their “real” license.

6 tips to find the best driver's ed program for your child:

  1. Driver’s education is typically offered year-round, but you may want your child to learn how to deal with inclement weather conditions as well as getting the basics down. So schedule accordingly.
  2. Check your state’s regulations on student driving. Determine how much behind-the wheel driving time and classroom time is required. Make sure the curriculum your school uses is approved by the state.
  3. Some schools offer driver's education as part of their curriculum or during summer school. But there are also private driver's education programs available.
  4. Before enrolling, visit the school, talk to the instructors and get a look at the vehicles to be sure they’re well-maintained.
  5. Schedule the road test as soon as you can after the course ends to allow for extra time just in case your child has to take it again.
  6. Check Angie's List reviews on driver's education programs in your area before enrolling your child.

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