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How to Take Ohio Drivers Ed

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Drivers Ed - Getting on the Right Path

You are finally 15 & have begun to daydream about your first opportunity to drive the crew down to your favorite hangout spot. The road starts here. What do you need to know to ensure a smooth journey to licence-dom!?

First, Timing is Everything

You must be 15 years and 5 months to apply for a drivers education (ed) program in Ohio. Spoiler alert--you can officially apply to get your Ohio learner’s permit as soon as 15 years and 6 months. If you're 18 or older, an OH drivers ed course is not required.

Get Started on the Path

To get on the right path, you need to find an Ohio approved Drivers Ed program that matches your needs. All approved courses have 2 key components:

  • 24 hours of classroom education.
  • 8 hours of behind-the-wheel training

First things first, though. You need the classroom hours to sit for the (driving skills test) Permit test. All this must happen before you can start your “behind-the-wheel” training.

Classroom based courses are likely offered in your area. These will most commonly entail 2 hours of in-person classroom instruction at a time, until you acquire your needed 24 hours of time. If you prefer to be able to complete the “classroom” sections in a virtual setting and from the comfort of your own couch. Kick up your feet and sign-up to participate through an online program like Aceable. You can knock out the sections at your own pace and on any device you chose. Bonus: Aceable ensures that you not only choose the pace you’re comfortable with but are able to absorb the info using examples, images, gifs (yes, you read that right), memes, and practice questions.

After you complete the classroom portion, you will receive a completion certificate. You will need to present this to take the driving skills test to get your permit.

What to Expect Along the Way

The drivers ed course (and test) will cover topics such as:

  • How to read road signs and signals
  • The general rules of the road
  • Sharing the road with others (sharing is caring and keeps everyone safer)
  • Defensive driving habits
  • Vehicle operation, maintenance, and safety
  • Driving in bad weather
  • Handling emergency situations

The OH drivers ed course at Aceable has 10 levels, totaling 24 hours of online classroom instruction. You can do up to two hours of classroom instruction per day. After you reach the 2-hour limit, the state requires that you are locked out of your account for 24 hours. The next day, or whenever you have a chance, you simply pick up where you left off. You can take up to 6 months to complete all 10 levels, so don’t fret, you have plenty of time to make sure you are 100% road worthy.

Pedal to the Metal

You have successfully completed the classroom portion of driver’s ed and have your certificate in hand. You are now ready to put your knowledge to work. You'll need to sit for your permit exam and then find a school to finish your in-car driving instruction portion. To learn more about what to expect on the permit test, how to sign-up, what documents you need, and what comes next, click here.

Sources in order of appearance: Unsplash, Giphy

Krista Doyle