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Choosing a Good CA Driving School

  • Whether you're a teenager who needs to complete the DMV-required six hours of in-car training or an adult driver who just wants to refresh your knowledge of traffic rules and hone your driving skills, here're some questions to ask when choosing a driving school.

    • Are they licensed?

      Once you find a few driving schools that offer the course that suits you, check if they are properly licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the moment, California law requires that every driving school carries liability insurance and maintains complete records for DMV inspection. Driving schools that offer in-car training must have their vehicles inspected annually and their driving instructors must pass a qualifying examination (both written and driving) every three years. Avoid taking any courses at unlicensed schools. The results will not be accepted by the DMV or insurance companies!

    • How much experience do they have?

      And speaking of questions, don't forget to ask how much experience the school's instructors have. Experienced instructors know how to anticipate your needs and know how to handle the questions and problems that new drivers face. Experienced instructors are often the difference between a good driving experience and an uneasy one.

    • How much does it cost?

      You should also be careful while comparing prices between different schools. Some of them offer the drivers education course and the drivers training course as one program, while others offer them separately. If you've already completed the drivers education course online or at some other driving school, you do not need to pay for it twice.

    • What are others saying about the school?

      You should ask around; probably one of your peers has already completed drivers training and can recommend a particular school.

    Feel free to look for a driving school near you and read student reviews from out using our driving school finder.

    Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the CA DMV. You can visit the CA DMV website or call 1-800-777-0133 for general drivers license and registration information.

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