Best Driving Schools in Columbia

Why These Driving Schools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Columbia 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. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

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

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Advantage Driving LLC

Advantage Driving LLC offers driving lessons in the community of Irmo. Teen drivers can receive eight hours of classroom instruction plus six hours of in-car training, which covers residential streets, rural settings, interstate driving, and heavy traffic situations. The school is an AAA Approved Driving school and also provides adult driver training, defensive driving, and 4 Point Reduction courses. Fleet training classes are also available for Driver Improvement Programs, insurance savings, or another desired custom program, and instructors at the school are certified by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and have passed a SLED background check. Advantage Driving has taught thousands of students, offers custom lesson times for an additional fee, and is an approved Third Party Testing school as well.

Irmo, SC 29063


C.O.P.S Driving Academy

C.O.P.S Driving Academy brings decades of driver training experience to the residents of Columbia. The school is known for professional driving instruction that includes the teaching of rules, know-how, and skills above and beyond the competition to produce exceptionally confident and safe teen drivers, and teens benefit from highly qualified teachers including two South Carolina Law Enforcement Master Instructors. The founders work as certified law enforcement officers, one is a certified as an instructor by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, and both are involved with collision research and reduction programs. Every other member of C.O.P.S Driving Academy's staff are retired or current certified senior law enforcement professionals who specialize in training, communications, and highway safety.

Columbia, SC 29229


Championship Driving School, LLC

Championship Driving School, LLC is a Lugoff driving school backed by over 20 years of experience. Teenagers from numerous area high schools have access to the driver training course required by the State of South Carolina, and classes utilize interesting topics, projects, group work, individual work, and hands-on learning to produce confident, knowledgeable, and safe drivers on the road. The fully licensed and bonded school is known for quality instruction by experienced and licensed instructors as well as for affordable prices, and students appreciate being able to obtain their license in as little as two weeks time. The school offers the Permit and Driving Test as well for added convenience along with an Insurance Reduction Course, and individuals can register directly on the company's site.

Lugoff, SC 29078


Lake Murray Driving Academy

Lake Murray Driving Academy is a driving school in Chapin. The Christian-faith based school provides teen drivers eight hours of classroom learning as well as six hours of driving time, and students learn critical skills such as how to parallel park, back up at least 100 feet, perform a three-point turn, park a vehicle overnight, and prepare for the DMV Driver's License exam. Participants can also sign up to take their driver's test at the school and in one of the school's vehicles they are already comfortable driving, and certified instructors can pick up and drop off students for all lessons as well. Lake Murray Driving Academy employs teachers who are full-time police officers, is AAA Certified for a 4 Point Reduction, and Certified by the SC DMV.

Chapin, SC 29036


Luckie's 360 Driving Academy, LLC

  • Drivers Education Program

Luckie's 360 Driving Academy, LLC, serves individuals in Columbia. Owner Sellmore Luckie is an SCDMV certified instructor who has been teaching driving lessons for over five years. He has over 36 years of law enforcement experience and is a retired state trooper captain. The academy's program includes six hours of behind-the-wheel time and eight hours of classroom time. For the students' safety and convenience, they are picked up and returned to their home, work, or school by the instructor after training.

850 U.S. 1
Lugoff, SC 29078