Published: November 25, 2020 | Updated: November 27, 2020 | Posted by: Mayee Gonzales | Car Insurance
Let’s cut to the chase: Yes, you should enroll in a driving school—even if it costs you money.
Consider how much more you’ll spend when you figure in a road accident because you lack proper training as a driver, something that a good driving school can provide.
You might be thinking: “But my dad can teach me how to drive—and it’s free!” Well yes, you can learn driving that way. However, nothing compares to getting a quality driver’s education from professional instructors. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) now also require a driving course completion certificate before accepting and processing license transactions. Learn more about this below and other reasons why attending a driving school in the Philippines is well worth your penny.
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Basically, if you want a driver’s license, then you need to attend a driving school in the Philippines. All LTO sites now require a Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) certificate before issuing a driver’s license.
The policy requires all student permit applicants, including those with foreign and expired student permits, a 15-hour driving course from an LTO-accredited driving school, an authorized driving school instructor or administrator, or from any LTO-Driver Education Center. Non-professional and professional license applications are also required to take the course if their student permits were issued from August 3, 2020 onwards.
Some driving schools in the Philippines hire professional instructors certified by TESDA and accredited by the LTO. Soon, a TESDA certification will be a requirement for all driving school trainers in the Philippines before they’re issued an LTO accreditation.
When you’re trained by a certified driving instructor, you learn from someone with experience and both theoretical and practical knowledge. While a family member or a friend can teach you how to drive at no cost, you’ll only learn the basics.
Learning how to drive a car is much different from learning how to bike. For one, a car is a very complex machine compared to a bike with just two wheels, pedals, and a handlebar. Also, you can learn biking pretty much on your own. That isn’t the case with driving a vehicle.
The nitty-gritty of driving is best learned through a structured and systematic method—something that a driving lesson can provide. Instructors follow a curriculum that covers both practical and theoretical driving situations. This way, it’s easier for you to understand the essentials of driving a vehicle.
More so, training across all driving schools in the Philippines will become standardized. The LTO has coordinated with different academies to create a standard training program that all driving schools will adopt. The government agency wants the extensive training program to cover key topics like basic vehicle troubleshooting and traffic rules and regulations.
Undergoing driver’s training in a formal institution helps you develop defensive driving skills and avoid deadly mistakes. Road awareness is one of those critical skills to learn, as it lets you understand what situations can cause an accident and know what to do before it happens.
Attending a driving lesson is also a good way to learn road safety and traffic laws and how to read traffic signs properly. Not only do you prevent accidents from happening, but you also avoid violating traffic rules and the hassles that come with it.
Lastly, practicing with a driving instructor is a lot safer than learning how to drive alone. You don’t want to risk your life and limb practicing on your own just to save money on driving school fees.
First-time car owners are usually clueless about taking care of their new four-wheeled baby. What should you check before taking the car out for a drive? How often should you change oil? How can you tell if there’s an engine issue?
These questions and more are discussed in formal driving lessons. Driving lesson training includes modules on vehicle maintenance and troubleshooting to help you ensure your car won’t encounter problems on the road.
Driving schools provide their own training vehicles that students can use to practice driving. Your spanking brand-new car won’t get scratches and dents while you’re learning as a new driver.
One valuable advantage of attending a driving lesson is the assistance you get when you apply for a driver’s license.
Most driving schools lend their vehicles to their students who are taking a practical driving exam at the LTO office. No need to bring your own car or rent an LTO vehicle for your exam.
Also, academies like A1 Driving School offer licensing assistance for student permit and driver’s license as part of its services.
Confidence is a must-have for any driver. Without it, you’re bound to freeze up, hesitate, or make erratic decisions that can lead to accidents.
Your training in a driving school helps you stay confident in any driving situation. You get advice on what to do during emergencies like a car breakdown. Being trained professionally also adds to a driver’s confidence.
With over 60 branches nationwide, A-1 Driving School has become a household name when it comes to driving schools in the Philippines. A-1 offers nine types of driving lessons, with each course designed according to the student’s level of need.
A-1’s Premium Course allow students to start and end their training in a registered branch using the training vehicle of their choice while the Executive Course picks up and drops off the student from their chosen location. The Rush Course, on the other hand, entails five to eight hours of straight driving.
Main branch: A-1 Driving Building, 2 Sta. Lucia Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong City
Contact numbers: (02) 532-2272 and (02) 532-7934
If you regularly pass by Skyway or South Luzon Expressway, then you’ve probably noticed the Honda Safety Driving Center located in the East Service Road of Parañaque City. HSDC is one of the driving schools in the Philippines that offer motorcycle training courses. They offer driving lessons for individuals with no or little riding or driving experience.
All rates for Honda Safety Driving Center courses depend on the enrollee’s level of experience.
Main branch: KM 17, East Service Road, South Superhighway, Parañaque City
Contact numbers: (02) 8581-6700 to 6799 and 0917-88-HONDA
Based in Marikina City with branches in Katipunan, Rizal, and Baguio, Precision Driving School requires only four hours of driving lessons per day (for practical driving courses) and eight hours (for theoretical courses) to ensure that students receive the optimal learning experience. Students can enroll and pay for their lessons online.
All courses are inclusive of 8 hours practical driving/riding and 1 hour classroom training course.
Main branch:#14 Stallion Street, Rancho Estate 1, Marikina City, Philippines, 1811
Contact numbers:(02) 83623851 or 0949-5606508 for Smart and 0916-2691909 for Globe
Apart from driving lessons, Prestige Driving School also offers driving assessments for both individuals and corporations. Their driving school rates range from PHP 2,199 to PHP 34,999 depending on the student’s level of experience and hours per day. Prestige also offers free licensing assistance for student, non-professional, professional, and international licenses.
Branches: Espana, Legarda, Tayuman, Tutuban Center, Makati, Ali Mall, Pasig
Contact numbers: 09173012132 or (02) 721-89496
Smart Driving School is one of the driving schools in the Philippines that offer Executive, Masteral, and Masteral Executive Courses for those who wish to learn advance driving skills for vehicles such as Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero, Toyota Innova, Toyota Hi-Lux, and other MPVs and SUVs.
Branches: Manila, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Paranaque, Marikina, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Cebu, Nueva Ecija. For a complete list of branches, visit this link: www.smartdriving.com.ph/pages/branches
Contact numbers: (02) 534-7152 / 0906 9754546 / 0949 1808072
Established in 1969, Socialites Driving School is one of the oldest driving schools in the Philippines. Their rates depend on the number of hours and day of the lesson. For a lower driving school rate, book your lesson on a weekday. They also provide lessons at home.
Website: Currently under maintenance. For the meanwhile, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/socialitesdriving
Main branch: 51 Maria Clara St, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City, 1100 Metro Manila with branches in Marikina, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Makati, Quezon City, Manila, Rizal, Las Pinas, Malabon, and Valenzuela
Contact numbers: (02) 8741 7185
If other driving schools charge by the hour, Universal Driving School made it unique by charging their students by the day. Located in Makati City, Universal Driving School offers lessons for both beginner and experienced drivers with lectures on defensive driving, basic vehicle troubleshooting, and traffic rules and regulations, .
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/universaldrivingschoolph
Main branch: Block 128, Lot 23, 31st Avenue cor JP Rizal Extension East Rembo, Makati City
Contact number: 0917 657 9619
See the complete list of LTO-accredited driving schools in this link.
The benefits of taking lessons in a driving school outweigh its drawback, which is the cost. Yes, you might save more bucks when you learn on your own or with a family or friend. But protecting your life, as well as your family’s, is something you should never scrimp on.
Source:  LTO Memorandum Circular No.2020-2134 (LTO Website, 2020)
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