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Best Driving
Schools in
San Diego

Why These Driving Schools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored San Diego Driving Schools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

A 101 Driving School

A 101 Driving School in Vista has over 12 years of experience in driving instruction. The school has a code on its website and directs students to an online driver’s education course. After students have completed the course, they may contact A 101 Driving School to schedule their behind-the-wheel training. The school’s website has a “checklist” of everything a student will learn via the online course and driving lessons.

Vista, CA 92084


A-Ace Driving School

A-Ace Driving School in El Cajon focuses on creating courteous, responsible, accident-free drivers, and has over 15 years of experience in doing so. Students may take their driver’s test online via a partner site, and then they can schedule their behind-the-wheel training with A-Ace Driving School. The business also offers “Comedy School,” a traffic violator school that keeps students laughing as they learn. The “Comedy School” is available in multiple formats and notifies the DMV that the student took the course electronically and immediately upon completion.

El Cajon, CA 92021


Alliance Defensive Driving School

Alliance Defensive Driving School in Escondido offers driving skills evaluations, online driver’s education for $10, behind-the-wheel training for $45 per hour, and traffic school for $20. The school’s vehicles all have brake and gas pedals on both the driver’s and the passenger’s side of the car to ensure the safety of its passengers during driving lessons. Some of the areas the school’s curriculum focuses on include parallel parking, freeway driving, scanning techniques, curvy roads, and more.

Escondido, CA 92025


Allstate Driving School

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.

San Diego, CA 92111


American Driving School

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.

El Cajon, CA 92019


Budget Driving School

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.

Chula Vista, CA 91910


Express Driving School

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.

San Diego, CA 92139


Golden State Driving School

Golden State Driving School in San Diego offers bilingual driver’s education courses both in the classroom and online. The school offers behind-the-wheel instruction for adults and teenagers. All driver’s education classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and weekdays during the summer. Golden State Driving School offers pickup services and the use of its vehicle for students going to the DMV to take their driving test. An instructor from the school picks up the student an hour before his or her test to allow for transportation time and a bit of practice before the test.

San Diego, CA 92117


I 5 Driving School

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.

Escondido, CA 92025


Liberty Driving & Traffic School

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.

El Cajon, CA 92020


North County School of Driving

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.

San Marcos, CA 92078


Poway Mira-Mesa and Palomar Driving Schools

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.

Teen Driving School

Teen Driving School in San Diego is bonded, insured, and licensed to teach driver’s education in California. The business’s instructors have over two decades of experience in driving instruction specifically designed for teenagers getting their first license. The school offers driver’s education classes either in the classroom or online. Students can even combine physical class sessions with online materials to supplement for any classes they may not be able to attend. Teen Driving School also offers behind-the-wheel lessons for adults.

San Diego, CA 92120


West Coast Driving School

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.

Carlsbad, CA 92008


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