Taking drivers ed classes online is becoming the preferred method of completing the “classroom” portion of driver training. As a certified driving instructor, I am all for it. I will never say that online drivers ed is better than classroom drivers ed for ALL students, but I think for most drivers ed students, doing it online is a much better way to go.
When students take drivers ed classes online, they are able to go through the course at their own pace. While taking drivers ed online does require some self discipline, most students are more than motivated to get the coursework done. After all, the reward at the end is a big one! But by being able to move through the course at their own pace, they generally are more alert and prepared for the coursework vs. being forced to sit through a class even if they aren’t feeling up to it.
Taking drivers ed classes online provides other benefits such as having multiple ways to learn the information. Most online drivers ed classes contain text, video, graphics, animations, interactive features, quizzes and tests, and students can always go back to review things they might have missed.
So, all in all, I’m a huge fan of online drivers ed classes. The biggest issue, however, is actually finding a good course to sign up for.
Why High Quality Drivers Ed Classes Are Tough To Find Online
Unfortunately, in recent years, most of the high quality drivers ed classes you can take online have become low quality. Courses that were great just 5 years ago are pretty low quality now. So, what happened?
Well, the online drivers ed industry is in a bit of a flux right now. Back in the early 2000’s, even before the iPhone was invented, a whole bunch of companies began creating these “new” online drivers ed classes. These companies all basically started up at the same time. For a while, this was a great thing for consumers. Competition was strong and people had a whole bunch of newly created courses to choose from.
As you know, the internet changes quickly. Internet speeds increased, web browsers changed, and suddenly becoming “mobile friendly” was an important thing. What ended up happening is these online drivers ed companies would “patch” the courses they had already made back in 2000. They would figure out a way to include videos into their text base course. They might slap in some animations here and there. Then they might create a version that works better on mobile devices, etc.
What we are left with today are a bunch of old, outdated, patched-up, buggy drivers ed classes online that all tout who their course is 20 years old. Who cares how old the course is if it stinks!?
The Top 3 Drivers Ed Classes Online
In order to help you decide on a high quality drivers ed class, I thought I would share my own personal favorites. I have assisted in the creation of various online driver training courses in the commercial driver training industry, and I have been working with online driver education companies since 2011, so I do have some special insights into which courses are best. Here they are…