Driving the Future: Learn to drive…online

J. Skyler McKinley

I remember feeling a distinct pang of anxiety when I took driver’s education in high school. I was an independent-minded teenager, and as excited as I was to get my driver’s license, I couldn’t help but wonder if the privilege was worth spending my time off—my weekend mornings, no less—in a classroom that reminded me of suffering through calculus. Plus, back then, the instructors weren’t particularly well-equipped or excited to handle a classroom chock-full of 15-year-olds.

Looking back on my own behavior, I’m sure I wasn’t a model student. Suffice it to say, I spent class thinking of better ways my mom could’ve spent the money she did to send me through driving school. Still, I did end up getting both my learner’s permit and driver’s license through driver’s ed, and as much as I hated it at the time, I’m grateful for it now, as I’m a safer, more thoughtful, more confident driver because my mom enrolled me in driver training.

I’ve come a long way as a driver since high school, of course, but it’s because I hit the roads with a solid foundation. Driver’s ed has come a long way, too. It’s become less expensive, more convenient, more accessible, and higher quality.

I’m excited to share AAA’s award-winning “How to Drive” curriculum is now available online, direct to Colorado students. It’s the same industry-leading curriculum taught at thousands of brick-and-mortar driving schools across the country, which incorporates the latest information on vehicle technology, safe behaviors, and roadway dangers—and it’s been approved by the State of Colorado for meeting all classroom driver’s ed requirements.

Students can access the online course on any device and take it at their own pace, so there’s no need to give up precious Saturday mornings. For those Coloradans who live in our vibrant rural communities, this new product eliminates the need to drive several hours to the nearest driving school. Perhaps most importantly, the program is a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay for classroom instruction—it’s just $79 for AAA members. You can learn more about this new development in driver’s ed at AAA.com/HowToDrive.

If you prefer your teen go the in-person route, or want to line up some behind-the-wheel training to follow our online instruction, we can help there, too. Our AAA Approved Driving Schools deliver the gold standard in driver’s education. Find the list at AAA.com/DrivingSchool.

New drivers are the future of our roadways, and we look to a safer future, together, by giving them driver’s education when and how they expect.

J. Skyler McKinley is AAA Colorado’s spokesman and director of government affairs.