Arlington, Texas has some pretty good local drivers ed schools which is great for your behind the wheel training, but what about the “classroom” portion of drivers ed? Most drivers ed students seem to be moving towards online drivers ed for this portion of their training and only using a driving school to complete their required behind the wheel hours. As a former driving instructor, I think this is probably the best way to go. Texas also has Parent Taught Drivers Ed which is another option where no driving school needs to be used at all. With Parent Taught Drivers Ed, mom or dad simply becomes the “instructor” and all drive time can be completed without the use of a professional driving instructor. No matter which way you decide to go, in most cases, doing the “classroom” portion of drivers ed training online is a great option.
Why I Like Online Drivers Ed More Than Classrooms
As a former driving instructor, you might be wondering why I advocate for drivers ed students to sign up for an online drivers ed course rather than a classroom course. While classroom based courses help local driving schools earn additional revenue and provide more jobs to instructors, the real concern should be which learning environment is best suited for students. In my opinion, classroom based courses are simply inferior to online driving classes.
Online driving schools, such as this one, are getting very advanced. They have always provided benefits in the way of being interactive and teaching information to students in a variety of ways (text, video, images, games, cartoons, graphics, etc.), but now these schools are starting to use technology like augmented or virtual reality. Just take a look at the below interactive video about parallel parking that that Aceable has.
Pretty cool, right?! This is absolutely the future of driver education, so for me as a former driving instructor to resist this technology simply because “in the old days” we learned in a classroom would be a disservice to new drivers ed students. The benefits become even more pronounced when boring topics are covered. Learning about rules, regulations, laws, and driving safety can get boring real quick in a classroom, but online, students go at their own pace on an interactive platform.
With that all said, some students simply do better in classrooms for one reason or another, so while I personally recommend online drivers ed for Arlington, Texas drivers ed students, every individual has their own learning style.
My Top Rated Online Drivers Ed Courses For Arlington, Texas
Any Texas state approved online drivers ed course is also specifically approved in Arlington, Texas, so as long as you go with a state approved online drivers ed course you’ll be in good shape. With that said, here are is a list of some of my favorites:
Good Local Driving Schools In Arlington, Texas
Unless you’re using the Parent Taught Drivers Ed program in Texas, you’ll still need to sign up with a local driving school to compelete your driving hours. While most of the drivers ed school in Arlington, Texas are smaller locally owned schools, they have a pretty good reputation. Here are a few I personally recommend:
The biggest issue you’ll run into with any driving school in or around Arlington, Texas is the lack of available instructors. Generally, the quality of instruction is good, but with so few driving instructors, sometimes they get a little bit more business than they can handle. This is especially true during the busiest season which generally is in the summer when kids are off of school. During those summer months, it can be very hard to book an instructor, which is the biggest complaint. I’ve found the top 3 driving schools I listed to be the best in the Arlington, Texas area however.
Have You Considered Parent Taught Drivers Ed?
Many drivers ed students and parents in Texas aren’t even aware that this program exists. Understandably, local driving schools don’t really want you to know about it. Basically, a parent or guardian can sign up to become a driving instructor. The process is pretty simple, and you can learn more about how to get started here. Not all parents feel comfortable enough taking the “driving instructor” role and that’s fine, but most parents have driven for decades with no major at-fault accidents, plus, parents understand their kids a whole lot more than some random instructor.
Hopefully this helps and drive safe!