Approved Driving School Network (ADSN)
What is ADSN? Created as a pilot program by AAA Arizona in 2004, the AAA Approved Driving School Network (ADSN) serves the need for guidance on choosing a driving school. ADSN operates on the same principles as AAA’s highly successful Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program, which inspects and approves auto repair facilities. ADSN schools have undergone a similar process in order to become approved.
Why ADSN? The sad fact is, traffic crashes continue to be the number one cause of death for teens and adults, killing an estimated 43,000 people on our nation’s roadways every year. AAA believes an educated driver is a safer driver, and these tragic statistics underscore the need for better driver education programs. Consumers trust AAA for a variety of automotive resources and information, and now they can add driver training to that list.
What is the ADSN selection process? Consumers who select ADSN can rest easy knowing they have selected a driving school that has met high standards for driver training. AAA has developed a stringent list of requirements that ADSN schools must meet in order to become approved. The approval process is not easy, ensuring that only the best who apply for ADSN become approved.
To become an ADSN, schools must meet the following criteria:
- Must provide novice driver and/or driver improvement programs.
- Instructors must be certified by the MVD.
- Schools must offer a reduced rate to AAA members.
- Clean report from the BBB.
- School must be in good financial standing and not have any outstanding lawsuits on file with the Attorney General’s office.
- Maintain at least a 90% approval rating on customer surveys (AAA conducts the surveys).
- Schools must either teach using AAA curriculum, or they must agree to a thorough review of their curriculum by AAA driver training staff.
- Annual inspection of the school, equipment, curriculum and vehicles.
- Liability insurance.
- The school must also agree to binding arbitration in the event of a dispute between a AAA member and the school.
AAA Arizona currently has two ADSN schools that offer driver improvement courses.
Driving MBA Driving MBA is home to the only teen-driving course in Arizona that combines classroom, on-road instruction, and two simulation labs 1- to develop beginner driving skills and 2- to develop strategic and defensive driving skills. DrivingMBA has been featured in AutoWeek, Car & Driver and Road & Track Magazines as well as on local news stations. The school’s goal is to create a no-risk, safe environment that enables novice drivers to experience every situation imaginable and to develop safe and responsible drivers. Students learn basic driving fundamentals, defensive driving skills and sound driving habits. DrivingMBA also has programs for seniors and experienced drivers. AAA members receive a 5 percent discount on programs and packages. Call 480-948-1648 for course options and fees. Click here to watch parent testimonials.
Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving offers two Teen Driving program options. The five-hour Teen Driving Program is geared to develop driver confidence, awareness of surroundings, and a proper foundation to being a safer driver. Respect for the road and improving the driver’s skill set are the focus in this course. The second option, the Advanced Teen Driving program gives teens behind the wheel practice of maneuvers including: skid control, accident avoidance, shifting exercises, cornering and braking techniques. Participants can choose from one-, two-, or three-day programs to enhance their skills. Call 1-800-842-7223 or click here for course options and rates.
Call 1-800-842-RACE (7223) for course options and fees.
AAA Arizona is currently in the process of approving schools for novice (new or teen) drivers. Please email [email protected] for more information.