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Published on August 7th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor

4 Tips for Choosing The Best Driving School

It’s time – your teen has turned 16 and is raring to get his or her G1. CAA has almost six decades of driver training experience, and we know that this exciting time in a young person’s life is full of big decisions. Deciding what driver training school to enroll with is one of the biggest. Learning to drive is an important life skill that requires a great foundation and lots of research.

CAA helps parents and teens choose the right driving school with ease. The CAA Approved Driving School Network (ADSN) is comprised of independently-owned driving schools that meet CAA’s driver training standards. They exclusively teach the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO)’s approved CAA How to Drive Beginner Driver Education course. We’ve done our homework to plan a curriculum that helps teens and beginner drivers learn the skills they need to drive safely.

If an ASDN isn’t conveniently located, CAA is still there to help you choose the best driving course for your teen. We recommend these tips to help you find a great driving school:

  1. Find a course that’s MTO-approved. Beginner Driver Education Programs must be MTO-approved in order for graduates to apply for their G2 road test 4 months earlier than new drivers who don’t complete an MTO-approved course. All of our ADSN locations teach an MTO-approved curriculum that meets and exceeds Ministry standards.
  1. Ensure the driving school is licensed by the MTO. All of CAA’s ASDN locations are properly licensed. If you choose a school that is not an ASDN, ensure that it’s not on the MTO’s list of revoked driving schools.
  1. Verify the instructor’s credentials and class size requirements. Smaller class sizes mean that your teen will get more one-on-one education. The instructor should hold proper insurance and a MTO Provincial Instructor Licence in order to teach a driving education course. He or she should also provide progress and evaluation reports to students throughout the course.
  1. Verify that the training vehicles are insured and properly plated. All training vehicles should be identified as such, endorsed and insured appropriately. The Driver Instructor Licence should be displayed in the training vehicle at all times while providing instruction.

Asking family and friends for driving school recommendations or reading online reviews can go a long way to finding a school that you and your teen will be comfortable with. CAA is also here to provide help and support. Contact us at driver@caasco.com with any questions you may have, or check our approved list of driving schools.

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