Putting your trust into a driver’s ed school is a huge consideration for anyone, especially parents of 15-year-olds. Accredited schools work in conjunction with California Department of Motor Vehicles’ codes, laws, licensing and registration. Through online or in-classroom drivers ed courses, state curriculum covers topics such as driver’s responsibility, signs and signals, safe driving practices and accident prevention, and the harmful effects of alcohol, drugs and driving. Once a teen or adult has mastered these topics, they are prepared to take the written test for a learner’s permit at their local DMV. Next up is actually getting in the driver’s seat, but for now here are the best driver’s education schools in Orange County.
Varsity Driving Academy
34 Creek Road
Irvine, CA 92604
Varsity Driving Academy promotes drivers education through safety and responsibility. The company takes new drivers including teens through the entire process of obtaining a driver’s license. Through Varsity Driving Academy’s online or in-classroom DMV approved drivers ed course, new drivers learn the rules of the road, state regulations and laws and the risks as well as freedoms of driving a car. The mandated 30-hour course prepares students to take the DMV written test, and each student receives a certificate of completion. Once students have a learner’s permit, Varsity also provides behind-the-wheel training. And, if drivers are in need of traffic school, Varsity Driving Academy also provides an online California-approved traffic school course.
Safety 1st Driving School
Safety first is the philosophy behind the Safety 1st Driving School. Similar to other Orange County schools, Safety 1st gives teens and adults the opportunity to learn at their own pace via its online course. New drivers learn the laws of the road through 22 chapters (30 hours), informative video clips and interactive games all intended to teach the most up-to-date driving rules. Once students pass the final exam, they are ready to take the written test to obtain a learner’s permit. Then it’s onto the practical lessons, which Safety 1st also offers. Safety 1st not only gives students feedback, instructors also communicate with the parents of their teen students.
AA Teen Driving Academy
23361 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Specializing in working with teens, AA Teen Driving Academy offers both in-classroom and online instruction. The driver education program is comprehensive, and utilizes the California driver handbook to educate students on driver’s responsibility, rules of the road, defensive driving strategies and techniques, basic vehicle maintenance, emergency situations, weather conditions, laws of physics and physical and mental health. Classroom instruction is offered on Saturdays, Thanksgiving break, winter, spring and summer breaks, with limited spots available. Online or in a classroom setting, the team behind AA Teen Driving Academy is supportive to the students and their parents.
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SOC Driving School
23011 Moulton Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
SOC Driving School offers an online drivers ed course at no cost to the student. The course, which is in line with California DMV’s approved education, teaches the rules, laws and current state regulations for drivers today. Parents can check in on their student’s progress. As soon as students pass the final test, SOC emails the student with a certificate of completion, which she or he brings to the DMV upon taking the written test to obtain a learner’s permit. The SOC team, Elyas Abowath, Khalid Abowath and Adam Vasquez, are graduates of Laguna Hills High School and each have experience teaching students to drive.
City Freeway Driving School
17632 Irvine Blvd.
Tustin, CA 92780
Known for a higher pass rate than the average driver’s education school in Orange County, City Freeway Driving School offers an online educational program for new drivers. In accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, this school’s strategy provides the right tools for understanding the laws as well as the ultimate responsibility it takes to drive a vehicle. City Freeway’s online course is a 30-hour program designed to allow students to work at their own pace to encourage success before actually getting behind the wheel. Earning that certificate of completion upon taking the DMV written test is the obvious goal, however, City Freeway’s course is designed to support students to obtain the learner’s permit. This school also offers in-car driving lessons, which take students throughout the local residential area and on the area freeways.
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