For those who missed driver's education in high school, learning to drive can be a major accomplishment. The first step toward changing this is locating a reputable private driving school whose instructors are willing to work around your schedule. This may mean something as simple as picking you up at home and driving you to work afterwards, or picking you up and work and driving you home afterwards. The other thing that is important when searching for a private driving school is the cost factor. Since this is a private enterprise and not funded by any public source, the cost is going to be higher than that offered by a local high school adult education program. After all, this is a driving education school which means that's all they do, and therefore, there is no source of funds coming from any other source. At the same time, they are providing you with the convenience of free door-to-door pickup, though it isn't truly free since you pay a higher price for the lessons in order to have this convenience.
A private driving school is either privately owned or part of a franchise. As a driving education school, their sole purpose is to teach students to drive and help each one gain the skills necessary to pass the required state driving test. Unlike courses taken by a state operated driving education class, a written and road test is still required in order to obtain a driver's license. However, for this one little inconvenience, the student does not have to lose work or find a ride to the class. The courses provided by the adult education programs at the area high schools do not as a rule provide door-to-door pickup nor do they schedule classes at the convenience of the students. Instead, the classes are held at a preset time that is known to the student at the time they enroll in the class. The only thing that might have some flexibility is the driving time and then only to the point where the student may be given a choice of times.
Certainly, the cost is lower than that of a private driving school (around $300-500 per course compared to at least $75 per lesson), but you are sacrificing convenience to save money. A driving education school is the best place to learn how to drive, but that doesn't mean you can't look around to find the one that best suits your needs. Research each private driving school in your area before you narrow your list to the few you want to investigate further. With the high accident rate that exists on our highways in the 21st century, find a private driving school that is going to make sure you know all the things you need to know before signing that certificate of completion is more important than it has ever been. Getting that license is important, but it's not as important as learning how to drive safely.
Think about it: what does it matter if you have a license if you're in the hospital after causing an accident as a result of not having enough practical instruction before receiving the license. Once you begin the process of learning how to drive, your priority should be lerning as much as possible before doing it on your own, and not trying to rush the process just so that you can brag that you finally did it. Of course, you are going to be anxious, and that's normal, but don't make finishing the class your priority, make learning how to drive safely your top priority.