Choosing a Drivers Ed Course: 6 Things You Might Not Have Thought Of

If you’ve made it here, you’re likely trying to decide when, where, and how you’ll be doing this whole drivers ed thing. Here are a few things to consider as you make that choice:
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1) How Do You Learn?

Do you hate lectures but do really well if a power point is involved? Can you focus while reading on your computer or is the lure of Beyonce’s Tumblr too much to overcome? The way you learn will have a huge impact on building a drivers ed blueprint in your head. And if you aren’t on the mobile education bandwagon, read this.

2) What About Everyone Else?

Everyone your age has to make this choice, so ask around. Your older siblings can tell you whether they loved or loathed their drivers ed course. If your older brother or sister took an in-class course, they might be envious of your option to do it in an app. What are your friends’ plans? Enrolling in the Aceable course with your friends could be a great way to make this requirement more fun.

3) Try ‘Em Out

Can you narrow it down to a few choices and spend a few minutes on each course? Aceable’s Parent Taught Drivers Ed App lets you take the first level for free. That’s 8 chapters or 6 hours of content. It’s a great chance to see if the app is the right choice for you. Be wary of courses that don’t let you preview the content. It could be really boring or unhelpful.

4) Cost

As a general rule of thumb, in-class courses tend to cost several hundred dollars (sometimes $300+). Online options usually cost around $100. The Aceable app is very affordable. (It’s available to buy here.) But again, if you can’t learn on your iPhone, iPad, or computer, it’s best to shell out the extra money for a classroom course.

5) Instructors

We’ve all sat in a class where we’d rather be watching paint dry. Obviously, avoid this at all costs with drivers ed. You really need to learn the ins and outs of safe driving. Choose a course with a voice that keeps you awake and absorbing the knowledge.

6) Accreditation

Your course has to be approved by the state. And if a course is approved by your state, they will definitely let you know. If you have to dig a lot to see if they are state approved, chances are they are not. You can reference this list from the State of Texas for approved parent taught drivers ed courses (we’re course #116 – woo hoo!).

We’re also the first parent taught drivers ed course in Texas to offer the TDLR written knowledge exam right inside our course.  You can take this test to get your permit, making your trip to the DPS a lot shorter than everyone else’s.

Still undecided? You can also look at AAA’s checklist for evaluating courses. Then, confidently make your decision! You have all the information you need.