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Allstate Driving School

San Diego, CA 92111

Business Description

Allstate Driving School of San Diego offers driver’s education courses and behind-the-wheel training for teenagers, adults, foreign citizens, and senior citizens. Allstate Driving School is licensed and bonded and offers its course either in the classroom or online. Since 1998, over 20,000 students have successfully graduated from the school’s program. In addition to the basic requirements some key points that instructors focus on include speeding tendencies of teenagers and how to control them, the right of way rule, defensive driving tactics, night driving, and the DUI and Implied Consent Law.

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4.2
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4.4 / 5 (117)
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4.0 / 5 (85)
Facebook
4.2 / 5 (10)

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American Driving School

El Cajon, CA 92019

Business Description

American Driving School opened in El Cajon in 1982 and offers driver’s education courses and behind-the-wheel training to teenages, adults, senior citizens, and those with disabilities. For drivers who may have gotten a traffic ticket, the school offers online driving courses the driver can take to “remove” the ticket from his or her driving record. American Driving School also has fleet training courses available for corporate and commercial drivers.

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4.5
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4.5 / 5 (26)
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4.3 / 5 (6)

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Budget Driving School

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Business Description

Budget Driving School in Chula Vista offers classroom driver’s education courses for $100 and online courses for $45. Classes that take place in the school’s classroom go from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a program length of four days. The school also offers behind-the-wheel training and traffic school for tickets at the cost of $40 per class. As an incentive to do well, Budget Driving School offers a money-back guarantee if the student gets 100 percent on his or her DMV test the first time taking it.

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4.1
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4.2 / 5 (43)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (38)

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Express Driving School

San Diego, CA 92139

Business Description

Express Driving School in San Diego has over 14 years of experience in teaching students safe, responsible, and respectful driving practices. The instructors at Express Driving School have all been screened and are licensed by the State of California. All driving lessons consist of just one student and one instructor. The business offers an online version of the driver’s education course and different package prices based on how many hours a student still needs behind the wheel to qualify for a permit and if they still need to take the DMV test.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (54)
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4.9 / 5 (46)

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I 5 Driving School

Escondido, CA 92025

Business Description

I 5 Driving School in Escondido offers in-class and online driver’s education courses and online traffic school courses. Online driver’s education courses are included for free with the purchase of a six-hour behind-the-wheel training package, which costs $259. The school has a price-match guarantee in order to ensure students are getting the best value around. Free pickup and drop-off services are included with every driving lesson. Driving lessons are only available on a one-on-one basis.

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4.5
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4.5 / 5 (38)

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Liberty Driving & Traffic School

El Cajon, CA 92020

Business Description

Liberty Driving & Traffic School in El Cajon offers online driver’s education courses, online traffic courses, and behind-the-wheel training for teenagers, adults, mature drivers, and seniors. If purchased together, the online driver’s education course and the required six hours of behind-the-wheel training costs $259. One appreciative student said, "I really enjoyed the course; you made it very informative, fun and I have to be honest, I am definitely going to change my driving habits (and already have). You've inspired me." The school’s website has an interactive study guide to help drivers prepare for their DMV test.

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4.6
Google
4.9 / 5 (212)
Yelp
3.5 / 5 (49)
Facebook
4.4 / 5 (7)

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North County School of Driving

San Marcos, CA 92078

Business Description

North County School of Driving in San Marcos specializes in easy-to-understand courses and behind-the-wheel training. The school’s instructor has over four decades of experience as driver’s education and driving teachers, and is a member of the American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association. North County School of Driving offers an online driver’s education course that the instructor himself designed. Students can try a portion of the course out for free to get a feel for the format before signing up.

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4.5
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4.5 / 5 (32)
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4.2 / 5 (5)

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Poway Mira-Mesa and Palomar Driving Schools

Poway, CA 92064

Business Description

Poway-Mira Mesa and Palomar Driving Schools have locations in Poway and Escondido, respectively. The school offers classroom-based driver’s education courses for $65 and behind-the-wheel training with one of the business’s state-licensed driving instructors. The Poway-Mira Mesa and Palomar Driving Schools are family-owned and operated and have over 30 years of experience teaching driver’s education. The school’s website has a page that displays answers for a list of frequently asked questions from both a student’s and a guardian’s perspective.

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Teen Driving School Inc

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4455 Twain Avenue, San Diego, CA 92120

Business Description

Teen Driving School, Inc., has been providing driving education courses to teenagers in San Diego since 1992. Its curriculum meets the requirements in acquiring a driver's license and permit for its enrolled students. The school also offers online and in-site driver's education, private driving lessons, defensive driving course, and permit practice tests. Its other services are senior and adult defensive driving and lost certificate replacement. Behind-the-wheel driving classes are taught by male or female instructors and students will receive a DMV certificate upon completion.

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4.7 / 5 (61)
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4.5 / 5 (26)
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West Coast Driving School

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Business Description

West Coast Driving School in Carlsbad offers online courses and behind-the-wheel lessons that will teach students defensive driving skills to ensure they are properly prepared to drive in and around urban areas Students can take their DMV tests with the driving school. West Coast Driving School offers student pickup services from home or school and never has more than one student in the car with an instructor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Introduction

    Driving schools provide classroom and behind-the-wheel courses for students preparing for drivers' permit and drivers' license exams. While school curriculum can vary per state, certain schools also allow students to take their written permit exams on-site. Most automobile driving school courses consist of 30 hours of classroom education and six hours of behind-the-wheel training spread out over several weeks.

    In addition to helping new drivers learn the rules of the road and become comfortable behind the wheel, driving schools assist licensed drivers with defensive driving courses, and they offer courses and training for commercial drivers' licenses and motorcycle licenses. All driving instructors are required to hold occupational licenses through their states' motor vehicle departments.
  • What is a driving school for?

    Students attend driving schools to prepare for drivers' permits and drivers' license written and road tests. Driving schools typically offer both classroom and on-the-road training, and certain schools provide courses for commercial truck and motorcycle licenses. Attending driving school is not required in states such as Minnesota and California; however, driving courses are highly beneficial to new drivers.

  • What does driving school teach you?

    Students attending driving schools learn:

    • Local and state traffic laws and driving procedures
    • Road specifics, such as the meaning of stop and yield signs
    • Speed limits and driving rules for neighborhoods, school zones, highways, and freeways
    In addition to classroom education, students are provided with behind-the-wheel training on both courses, streets, and freeways.

  • What age can you first go to driving school?

    In most states, driving students can begin classroom and behind-the-wheel training at the age of 15. However, certain states, such as Alaska and Arkansas, allow driver training to start at age 14, while the minimum age in other states, such as the District of Columbia, Connecticut, and Delaware, is 16.

  • How much does driving school cost?

    The cost of driving school can vary from state to state. On average, classroom training with included behind-the-wheel courses range between $200 and $800 total. Individual behind-the-wheel driving lessons for adults can cost between $50 and $100 per session, depending on the number of hours in each session. Prices can also fluctuate between cities and states based on current gasoline costs.

  • How can I gain confidence in driving a car?

    Learning how to drive through a professional driving school is beneficial for individuals looking to gain confidence behind the wheel. Continual practice is ideal with an experienced, licensed driver. Completion of driving school reinforces not only skills but also confidence.

  • Can I get my license through a driving school?

    To legally obtain a driver's license, one must take and pass a written exam and road test through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. Driving schools don't provide licenses. However, driving schools help drivers prepare for both tests and offer behind-the-wheel training courses beneficial to new drivers.