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Adult Drivers Ed: Learning to Drive After You Turn 18

Date posted: 07/15/2012

by Nadia Ibanez on
in Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+)

1549 Adult Drivers Ed: Learning to Drive After You Turn 18

Learning to drive as an adult is generally easier than taking the wheel during your teen years. Because unlike a teen, you, in the minds of DMV officials, have a better grasp on road-responsibilities, resulting in a reduced list of requirements and restrictions.

Why Take a Driver’s Ed Course

Depending on your state, driver’s ed might be required. In Texas, for example, beginning drivers up to the age of 24 must complete a certified driver’s training course. But in most instances, you’ll find applicants 18 or older are exempt from driving school.

Even if drivers education is not mandated, you should still give it strong consideration. Reasons include:

  • Expert instruction from a certified driving teacher
  • You’ll be assured of learning the rules of the road
  • You’ll learn driving skills designed to make you a lifelong defensive driver
  • A course will better your chances for passing your state’s road test
  • A class completion certificate may reduce the amount of time you must hold a learner’s permit (this will depend on your state)
  • The remote possibility of receiving a discount on car insurance rates

The good news is you can easily take driver’s ed online and save yourself the hassle of sitting in a classroom filled with teens.

Finding Drivers Ed Courses

If your state requires drivers ed, check with your DMV for a list of approved courses. We also cover this in our driver’s license checklist for new drivers. Finding a state-approved course is important. Otherwise, you will not receive credit if you enroll in a program not recognized by your state’s motor vehicle agency.

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Since 2006, San Diego resident Nadia Ibanez has inspired others with her words. She has created content and edited copy for luxury print magazines and digital business magazines. She has written about multi-million dollar homes, local artisans, music festivals, travel destinations, health and wellness, and so much more. She has interviewed CEOs of major enterprises and has covered breaking news stories in American technology, social media, retail, hospitality, food, among others. More articles by Nadia Ibanez

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