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New Driver Education

AAA knows driving! Our programs strive to create the best, safest drivers on the road. For more information about the Graduated Driver License (GDL) process, please visit here.

Please contact us with questions at or call (888) 222-7108.

As a parent, you can make a difference. Focus on safety. Before your teen goes solo, establish rules by using our Parent-Teen Driver Agreement.

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Segment 1

The first step in your teen getting their license! Segment 1 driver education includes both the classroom and behind-the-wheel education. The course consists of 24 hours of classroom using our How to Drive curriculum. How to Drive is nationally recognized for its skillful integration of classroom instruction with behind-the-wheel training. For the behind-the-wheel portion, you may choose between two options:

Basic — Six hours of on-road instruction and four hours of observations

Premium — Eight hours of on-road instruction and four hours of observations

Teens must be at least 14 years and 8 months old at the start of class.

Please select a course carefully, one without conflicts in your teen’s schedule. Students may only miss class due to unforeseen circumstances; any missed classes must be made-up.

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Segment 2

This six-hour course targets high risk driving topics such as impaired, drowsy, and distracted driving.

To be eligible, teens must have:

Held their Level 1 License for at least three consecutive months

Have 30+ hours of driving practice, with at least two hours at night

If your teen took segment 1 with AAA Driver Training and the parent/guardian is a AAA Member, upon successful course completion, your teen will receive a complimentary one-year AAA Associate Membership.

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How to Drive Online: Supplemental Course

Learn from the leader in driver education. How to Drive Online is AAA’s comprehensive driver education course for new drivers that is both fun and educational. Built on AAA’s decades of respected driver education expertise. This supplemental 25-hour course aims to ensure that safe driving habits are developed and maintained for life.

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AAA Driver Improvement Program

Whether you have received a traffic ticket or want to sharpen your driving skills, AAA's driver improvement classes can help.


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AAA Approved Driving School Network

A network of approved driving schools which meet AAA's quality standards and criteria that ensure new drivers get the best training available.

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StartSmart is an online webinar for parents of teens who are – or soon will be learning to drive. This two-hour online course prepares parents to navigate their teen’s learning-to-drive experience. This course demonstrates how to reinforce what your teen is learning in driver education and how to maximize the practice driving that you’ll do with them. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research is highlighted throughout this course.

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Fleet Safety Courses

Help your employees drive safer on company business with AAA Carolinas Driver Improvement Program Fleet Safety Courses. This program, taught by a AAA certified instructor, is fully adaptable to meet your company needs and may potentially save thousands of dollars in fines, repairs, employee down time and insurance costs.

  • Risk Management
  • Aggressive Driving & Road Rage
  • Speed and Space Management
  • Vehicle Safety Technologies
  • Distracted Driving
  • Sharing the Road
  • Fuel-Efficient Driving
  • Adverse Conditions
  • Driving Emergencies

For Fleet Safety courses, contact the Driver Education department today to find a AAA certified instructor near you.

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Taught by AAA-certified instructors.

Available in 5-hour and 8-hour formats.

Support is available by email


Offered at the following locations:
Americano USA
5129 NC HWY 55, Suite 105
Durham NC 27713

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AAA Approved Driving School Network

A network of approved driving schools which meet AAA's quality standards and criteria that ensure new drivers get the best training available.