As a certified CDL-A driving instructor and co-developer of online driver training courses for commercial truck drivers, I have some inside knowledge of the parent taught drivers ed courses that are on the market. I know all the companies behind them and I’ve been reviewing them for years. When I first began reviewing online traffic schools and drivers ed courses, I really had no idea if there would be any interest at all. To my surprise, there are a lot of people trying to figure out which parent taught drivers ed course is best for them and their teen driver. Due to the obvious demand for recommendations and reviews, I began going through all of the parent taught drivers ed courses myself. You can check out many of my drivers ed reviews here.
With the dozens of parent taught drivers ed courses I’ve been through personally, I have a few different recommendations. While I try to stay as unbiased as possible, I do have my favorites. The online driving schools listed below are by far the best I’ve seen to date.
Aceable is actually one of the newer state approved parent taught drivers ed courses, but that’s also partly why this is among my top picks. Over time, many of these online drivers ed courses have become outdated, but Aceable just invested millions of dollars into the most state-of-the-art parent taught drivers ed course I’ve ever seen. Not only are the videos the most modern and highest quality compared to any other course, but this course works great across all devices. Both student and parent resources are phenomenal. So, if you want the absolute best and most modern parent taught online drivers ed program, this is the one I recommend to my own friends and family. Aceable is based in Austin, Texas and has really disrupted the driver’s education industry with their advanced training methods such as using 3D graphics, VR style animations, and cutting-edge features in mobile apps never seen before by other online drivers ed programs. Check them out and see what you think!
Behind curtain #2, we have one of the very first online drivers ed courses approved for parent taught drivers ed. That course is DriversEd.com. I actually had the opportunity to take a tour of their office, and let me tell you, this is a real company with real workers right here in the USA. I saw their programmers, I saw cubicles of people working on future course improvements, I saw the fully staffed customer service department, and better yet, I think they have one of the best online drivers education programs around. Their online reputation is sound, they have an A+ BBB rating, and they are certified in most states (they will verify if you’re eligible or not). I really like their 3D animation style approach and interactive games to help retain information. They have a unique way of explaining things and making boring topics interesting. For example, memorizing the colors of traffic signs along with their meanings is a boring thing to learn, but these guys created games to help make that process much simpler. Click here to check them out!
I’m also a big fan of the iDriveSafely Teen Drivers Ed Course. Like DriversEd.com, they have been around for 20+ years and continuously update their course. You get 24/7/365 customer support and this course also includes a fantastic guide for parents. From worksheets and tips on teaching your teen how to drive and even a parent / teen contract about acceptable behavior when they are driving by themselves. They’ve got your covered from start to finish. This is definitely one of the best courses out there.
Another fantastic parent taught drivers ed course is Driver Ed In A Box. This course has been around for a long time and originally began as a traditional home study course, meaning they would send you videos, workbooks, and more directly to your home. Recently, they also added an online version of their program. No matter which one you go with, Driver Ed In A Box does not simply meet the “minimum requirements” by the state. They go above and beyond, providing much more instruction than most other parent taught driver ed courses. However, the course is extremely high quality and it does a great job of helping your teen to retain interest. The course does cost a little bit more than other parent taught drivers ed courses, but most parents seem to think the additional cost is worth it.
Beware Of Very Low Quality Drivers Ed Courses Online
Unfortunately, as I’ve seen with my many reviews, just because a drivers education program is certified as a parent taught drivers ed course does not mean it is actually high quality. Some of these courses are operated by just a few people with almost no customer service available. A large majority of them are also outdated with very low quality videos and “interactive” features. Always request a demo of the course before you sign up or make sure they offer a money-back guarantee.
While you have many additional options besides the courses I’ve listed above, there are very few parent taught drivers ed courses I can actually recommend. The sad truth is, most of the online based courses are low quality and not really worth it. However, if you’re willing to spend a little bit more, the above courses will get the job done.
Don’t Forget About Behind The Wheel Training!
In some states, you (the parent) are allowed to file to be your child’s “driving instructor.” All of the above courses will offer guides for you to put together driving lessons and prepare your teen for the driving exam. However, the DriversEd.com and iDriveSafely programs also offer behind the wheel training. If they do not have their own vehicles and instructors in your area, they will help you find a reputable driving school in your area.
I hope these reviews of parent taught driver education courses was helpful! If you have any experience with the above recommendations or any other parent taught drivers ed course, be it positive or negative, please feel free to leave a comment and let others know about your experience!