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How do I get an Online Drivers Education?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

Getting online drivers education generally means that you will read materials offered by the school in order to take your learner’s permit test or take an exam to reclaim a revoked driver’s license. These schools may offer the same information provided in many public schools and driving schools, but in the comfort of your own home. This may be especially important for high school students who are home schooled or adults who have to take the driving theory test.

It is important that you read carefully any information offered by online driving schools. Any program that claims to offer accelerated learning may not be all it's cracked up to be. Often, driving courses are required to take a certain amount of time, with limitations on how soon you can take your test. In addition, there is no substitute for training with a licensed driver.

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Before choosing an online drivers education course, be sure that the school is accredited, if necessary, and that it teaches all necessary materials needed to pass the driving test. The best indication of a good school is if it sponsored by your area's department of motor vehicles. If the school has been sponsored, there should be a seal or emblem somewhere on the school website.

Be sure that the school you've chosen is providing accurate information for your location. Each district, state, and country may have different rules on certain aspects of driving as well as different test questions. You will be better off if you stick to an institution that is licensed in your area.

To complete your online drivers education, it is important that you study diligently. There may be daily or weekly assignments, so be sure to check regularly and finish all your assignments on time. If you will be receiving a letter grade, you may be required to pass with a certain grade to move on to the next step or before you can even take the driving theory test.

Some schools may offer a certificate showing that you have completed the course. This may be important if your area has driving education requirements for students of a certain age. You may need to bring your certificate with you to the department of motor vehicle or other office in order to take your test.

Once you have passed your driving theory test, you are legally able to drive a card with adult supervision. There are online drivers education sites that offer simulated driving situations, but these should only be used as a supplementary resource. They are not a replacement for real world experience.

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