Drivers Ed Online: Find the Best Course

Look, we all want to take Drivers Ed in our pajamas. But when I did it, the instructor freaked out. Maybe he didn't really mean it when he said "Make yourself at home." Anyhow, whether you’re getting your license for the first time or you got one too many tickets, these days you can take Drivers Ed online.

And it’s almost as much fun as wasting a gorgeous Saturday trying to stay awake in a musty room while you stare glassy-eyed at someone who looks like they’d rather be fishing, too. 

Almost. 

Depending on what state you live in, you can take the classroom portion of Drivers Ed on the internet. That’s right! You can wear your pajamas (or not!) while you learn to be an effective driver. 

But which online Drivers Ed is the best for you? We've taken inventory of the leading online programs below (updated as of May 2019). 

You don’t have to thank us. 


Bad news folks, Mario Kart is *not* one of the approved courses. (Craig Anderson [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)])

Best Online Drivers Ed Courses

There are several DMV-approved courses that can help you get your first driver's license or help you qualify for insurance discounts, traffic ticket dismissal anther benefits.

Many online drivers ed programs claim to be the “most popular” or “#1 in the industry” and maybe one of them actually is - who knows?! We think you just need to choose a course that (a) is actually licensed in your state, (b) most customers liked better than getting kicked in the face and (c) is not taught by those lunkheads at CarTalk. (Remember, don’t drive like my brother!) 

So our list includes ONLY drivers ed companies that are highly popular on the web (as evidenced by number of users) and have at least 90% positive reviews on customer feedback websites that have at least 1,000 reviews from customers of the drivers ed company.

Top Courses for Teens (to earn a learner’s permit or driver’s license) 

These courses are designed to help new drivers qualify for a learner’s permit and fulfill the classroom requirements towards earning a driver’s license. The courses can also help you earn high school credits and you may be able to waive the DMV driving tests. You can expect to receive a driver's education transcript after passing the course. 

DriversEd.com

  • In our assessment, DriversEd.com has the most comprehensive coverage of online drivers ed courses across the most states. 
  • Course prices range from state to state. Alabama online drivers ed costs less than $30 whereas it costs four times that in Virginia. (But living in Virginia’s worth the extra money. Luray Caverns AND Kings’ Dominion!) 
  • Also offers behind-the-wheel training in TX, CA, and GA. (NOTE: You can’t do behind-the-wheel online. But maybe someday, with Virtual Reality and whatnot…) 
  • Our research on DriversEd.com turned up: over 1.0 million monthly users, 94% of reviews are Great or Excellent (Trustpilot), A+ BBB rating

Aceable

  • State approved in TX, CA, PA, FL, GA, IL, NV, OH, OK
  • Courses from $50 to $120 depending on your state (can be lower when Aceable is offering a discount - check the website). 
  • Can take the course on your smartphone or computer. Downloadable course app. Hey, you gotta have something to do on the treadmill! 
  • Our research on Aceable.com turned up: over 800,000 monthly users (fastest growing among the large online course providers), 98% of reviews are Great or Excellent (Trustpilot)

Improv Traffic School

  • State approved in CA, FL, GA, IN, KY, NV
  • Courses prices from less than $15 up to $100, depending on your state and the course
  • The point of Improv Driving School is that learn-to-drive courses can be boring and a comedian’s take on teaching can help a student stay awake and actually learn. We get that. If zoning out in class runs in your family and you live in one of the few states where Improv is licensed, it’s a good option.
  • Our research on Improve Traffic School turned up: over 250,000 monthly users, 93% of reviews are 4 or 5 stars (Shopper Approved)

iDriveSafely

  • State approved in CA, CO, FL, GA, IN, KY, NV, OK,  TX, PA, and VA
  • Courses generally priced from $25 to $100 depending on the state (check the website for any online discounts)
  • Our research on iDriveSafely turned up: about 1.1 million monthly users, 94% of reviews are Great or Excellent (Trustpilot), A+ BBB rating

First Time Driver

  • Available in TX, CA, FL, CO, GA, PA, IL, IN, NV, OH, OK, VA
  • Courses prices from less than $25 up to $100, depending on your state and the course
  • Our research on First Time Driver turned up: a little under 200,000 monthly users (but growing), 92% of reviews are 4 or 5 stars (Shopper Approved), parent company American Safety Council has BBB rating A+

This guy is still waiting for his insurance rates to come back down. (With apologies to the artist Anna Palm de Rosa.)

Top Online Driving Courses for Insurance Discounts, Points Reduction and/or Ticket Dismissal

Okay, you screwed up. Or maybe you’re a super-goody-two-shoes who actually has two matching shoes. Fine, Your Majesty, here you go: 

These courses are designed for existing drivers to help reduce their car insurance premiums with defensive driving discounts, and in some jurisdictions may help reduce points from or even dismiss traffic tickets, or regain a driver’s license. Be sure to call your insurance company and make sure they’ll give you credit for taking the course!

The aim is for more drivers to act defensively and drive safely, regardless of their years of experience.  Depending on your state, the courses may be called Defensive Driving, Driver Improvement or Traffic School. 

iDriveSafely

  • Available in all states
  • Courses generally priced from under $10 to over $50 depending on the specific course
  • Our research on DriversEd.com turned up: over 1.0 million monthly users, 94% of reviews are Great or Excellent (Trustpilot), A+ BBB rating

Aceable

  • Courses range from $25 to $35
  • State approved in TX, CA, PA
  • Can take the course on your smartphone or computer. Downloadable course app.
  • Our research on Aceable.com turned up: over 800,000 monthly users (fastest growing among the large online course providers), 98% of reviews are Great or Excellent (Trustpilot), A+ BBB rating

Traffic School To Go

  • Only available in California - but a popular option in that state.
  • Our research on Traffic School To Go turned up: about 120,000 monthly users, 93% of reviews are 4 or 5 stars (Shopper Approved), parent company American Safety Council has BBB rating A+

Online Driver’s Education Q&A

Question: Can I take drivers ed online?
Answer: In most states, yes you can take an online drivers education course as an alternative to in-person classroom time. In both cases, you will receive a certificate at the end and will be eligible to take a written exam from your DMV, which is typically required for a learners permit.

Question: If I take an online Drivers Ed course do I need to take behind-the-wheel training separately?
Answer: The requirements vary by state. We suggest checking requirements directly with your state’s department of motor vehicles website, as these may change from time to time.

Question: What is the difference between Drivers Ed and Traffic School?
Answer: Drivers Education generally means instruction and preparation to take tests prior to earning a learner’s permit or a first-time driver’s license. Traffic School includes courses designed primarily for existing drivers, and can also be called Driver Improvement or Defensive Driving training.

Question: Can you get credit for Parent-Taught Drivers Ed?
Answer: In some states, such as Texas, a parent/guardian can be qualified online as their kid’s driving instructor. So that behind-the-wheel training can be in your own car and on your own time.  Be careful what you wish for! Check with the online drivers education companies above on how to get set up for parent-taught drivers ed.

Question: What is a Defensive Driving class?
Answer: Defensive driving courses can teach the most important strategies for keeping safe on the road. Some people take them to receive an insurance discount, reduce traffic ticket fines, clear a ticket, or remove points from your driving record. But you or a family member may also consider taking a defensive driving course for an even more important benefit - your own safety. 

Question: What is a Driver Improvement class?
Answer: Similar to a defensive driving course, but often with a specific goal such as clearing a speeding ticket or reducing fines. Generally, “traffic school” and “driver improvement courses” mean the same thing. 

Question: Can I get an insurance discount after taking an online Drivers Ed or Defensive Driving class?
Answer: Many insurance companies - if not most of them - offer discounts for certain drivers who take a defensive driving course. Seniors and younger drivers are most often in the higher risk categories, and some insurers limit the discount to these groups. Check with your insurance company to find out what’s available for you - the course may pay for itself.