Most qualified trainers in Alaska

We invite you to meet our instructors and talk with us. Your education in safe and competent driving is our number one priority. Because of this, each of our instructors has the most training available, including certification by SKIDCAR System Inc. (we are the only driving school in Alaska with this certification. Our instructors have gone thru the same certification as the Anchorage Police Department and Alaska State Troopers SKIDCAR instructors).

Your instructor is well versed in Anchorage Municipal traffic laws (Title 9) and Alaska traffic laws as well as the code of federal regulations.


Teen drivers may qualify for an insurance discount. Please check with your insurance agent.


New Driver "How to Drive" Basic class:  

No experience required (but you must have an AK learner's permit). 


9 hours of classroom training in a setting that is tailor made for the New Driver (using the How To Drive curriculum). The 8 hours of classroom time is done in 2 sessions at 4 hours each.

8 hours of behind the wheel training in our dual control vehicle (2 hours a day for 4 days)

State of AK road exam can be included if the student is qualified (Teens 16 years to 17 years old must have 40 hours driving experience with no less than 6 months on their Alaska learner's permit including at least 10 hours of experience driving in challenging conditions such as night driving, rain, or snow).

Total training time: 17 hours


Classroom schedule:

Part I: Fridays 5pm to 9pm

Part II: Sundays 3pm to 8pm

Both part I and part II must be completed for the New Driver program. 

SKIDCAR classroom (adverse conditions) is presented during part II. Students attending only SKIDCAR only need to attend the adverse conditions portion (3pm to 4pm on Sundays).


Driving times (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday):

SUMMER: 8am to 10am • 10:30am to 12:30pm • 1:30pm to 3:30pm • 4pm to 6pm • 6:30pm to 8:30pm

SPRING, FALL, WINTER:

8:30am to 10:30am • 11am to 1pm • 2pm to 4pm • 4:30pm to 6:30pm • 7pm to 9pm


New Driver Class:  

 No experience required (but you must have an AK learner's permit).


9 hours of classroom training in a setting that is tailor made for the New Driver (using the How To Drive curriculum).

8 hours of behind the wheel training in our dual control vehicle (2 hours a day for 4 days).


Total training time: 17 hours


Adverse Conditions / vehicle handling in low traction:


Optional course:

2 hours SKIDCAR lesson 


(group training modeled on same training used by Anchorage Police Department but altered to address the needs of civilian drivers)

This class is available to any driver of any age. A discount is offered for multiple drivers.


Total training time: 19 hours (for students attending New Driver lessons and SKIDCAR lesson)


Please ask about our military discount and multiple student discount (due to the programs operating costs, some discounts may not be combined with other discounts, please call for details).


Additional Training:

For students who have attended our basic course,  we offer a reduced rate for a second week (4 days at 2 hours per day) or third week of training. Please call us for current pricing. 

We recommend carefully considering your experience level and make sure your expectations are realistic for what you hope to achieve. The basic 16 hour course may be all you need. The more time you spend with an instructor, the more you will be able to refine your skills. 
There is only so much that can be accomplished in 8 hours of driving practice. To evaluate a students preparedness we want to see that they can  confidently be able to drive anywhere in Anchorage, including parallel parking downtown unassisted, planning routes, refueling and conduct a vehicle safety inspection (check fluids, tires, lights, etc.).


If the new driver can plan a route from their home to a destination downtown, stop for fuel, demonstrate knowledge of what to inspect on the vehicle and then is able to locate a safe place to park on the street downtown, and return to their home, completely unassisted, they should be ready to drive alone.


Road Exam:  

30 Minutes - We offer State of Alaska 3rd party road exams to non-students and students. Our examiners have been trained and certified by the State of Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles.   


Please call for current pricing of road exams. We do offer a discount to our New Driver program students.


(Students of Alaska Safe Driver Academy LLC are offered the use of our vehicles at no charge for their road exam at our facility only.)


It is illegal for any driver training school to guarantee that a person will achieve a drivers license due to taking training.


A note on our policy for road exams: We believe, as does the DMV, that the instructor should never test the student they trained. The student's safety as well as the safety of the general public depends on the highest ethical standards. Once training has been completed, a student may take a road exam for a driver's license at the DMV or any third party examiner. If the student wishes to take a road exam with us, they will have a different examiner than the instructor that trained them.


100% of your training time is dedicated to your driver education. We do not conduct a road exam during the student's lesson time. While it may be convenient for a driving school to do this, we feel that it is stealing from the student. Whether you pay for 2 hours or 8 hours of training, please know that you will get the full training time that you paid for.


This is true with our SKIDCAR training as well. We don't want you to try to learn everything all at once. If you are a new driver, please know that you will be allowed to practice the skills necessary to learn to drive. Once you have the basics down, we can move on to more advanced skills. 



TEEN DRIVER CLASSES:


Our Teen driving class is designed specifically for new drivers (less than 5 years experience). We use the American Automotive Association "How To Drive" curriculum (designed for teen drivers) rather than the Driver Improvement class (which is not intended for teen drivers).


This allows us to teach directly to the teen driver (or new adult driver). Your education is our top priority!


Graduates of our driving academy are taught:

Vehicle inspection, understand basic vehicle maintenance;

drivers responsibilities (both legal and ethical);

parking maneuvers (straight parking, parallel parking - this includes parallel parking downtown when possible, reverse and angle when possible);

close references for accurate assessment of the vehicles operational space (using references taught in the How To Drive curriculum);

proper speed control, following distances, spacing in traffic;

braking, acceleration, and cornering techniques;

traffic laws and traffic control devices (roundabouts, flashing yellow arrow, right-on-red are just of few examples);

safe lane changing and merging techniques,

collision avoidance and crash management;

drug and alcohol effects on drivers;

distracted driving effects on drivers (texting particularly);

drowsy driving and emotions effects on drivers.


Graduates of our SKIDCAR course are taught:

How to maintain control of their vehicle in all conditions;

how skids occur (front wheel, rear wheel and all wheel);

how to correct each type of skid;

how to prevent skids from occurring;

crash management/ collision avoidance;

proper steering techniques;

proper use of eyes (stress effects your vision!).


Alaska Safe Driver Academy llc is the only civilian agency to teach these SKIDCAR techniques to civilians in Alaska. The only other opportunity to learn these safety measures are thru officer training with Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Police Department in their SKIDCAR training, which is not open to the public.


More training time can really make the difference in a young drivers successful move to being an independent young adult.


We look forward to helping you!

Driver Training in Anchorage  - Driving lessons:

4000 W Dimond Blvd Unit 220 Anchorage, AK 99502
Parallel parking is practiced with cones first, but our students also practice parking downtown with real cars and real traffic.
A very happy new driver! Stay safe and  stay in touch - we are here for you even after your training is finished.

 AlaskA Safe Driver Academy LLC

907.243.4400