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Airdrie Driving School 403.948.2120

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Airdrie Driving School is Airdrie’s longest locally owned and operated driving school. Airdrie Driving School works closely with the community, participating schools and parents in effort to ensure that Airdrie’s new drivers receive the best possible start to their new driving career.

While Airdrie grows so does the number of vehicles using the public roadways. The increase in traffic volume brings an increase in collisions, which makes the need for new drivers to be best equipped to handle even the most adverse driving situations imperative. Safe and responsible driving begins with YOU and your choice of Airdrie Driving School!

By being a defensive driver you will have the knowledge, skills and right attitude for safe driving. An approved driver education course also helps the new driver gain positive habits and attitudes while also perfecting the skills needed for a safe and long driving career.

Education, a good attitude, practice of and commitment to safety protocols, and observing the rules of the road will help you stay on the road safely.

At Airdrie Driving School we believe in six key factors to successful driving and teach them here at Airdrie Driving School as the F.A.S.T.E.R. system:

F – Foresight

A – Attitude

S – Space

T – Tolerance

E – Eye sight

R – Responsibility

As a new driver this system will help you be better prepared, more aware, and most importantly, SAFER!

At Airdrie Driving School we are 100% focused on customer satisfaction. Our teams aim is to not only have our students pass the government road test minimums, but surpass them; it’s not about having us vouch that the students qualify for a insurance reduction certificate, but that they learn the skills necessary to best avoid needing to make an insurance claim. Everyone is committed to ensuring that all of the students are instilled with the lifelong skills and the confidence they need to drive safely for years and years to come.

For the team here at Airdrie Driving School it’s about teaching the students the skills necessary to navigate not only densely populated city traffic, but rural driving situations as well. The focus is to build good judgement and skills that can be used to make a life time’s worth of safe decisions.

The lessons provided here at Airdrie Driving School will help provide a good foundation for successful driving but it is also the responsibility of the student and the people around them to uphold safe driving practices before, during, and beyond their time at Airdrie Driving School. For example the government of Alberta HIGHLY RECOMMNENDS that for every 2 hours worth of professional driving instruction the student does an additional 4 hours of practice on their own time. This additional practice time is to reinforce the skills learned in the relatively brief amount of time spent learning new skills and ensure that when the student is in their own they can adequately make safe decisions.

At Airdrie Driving School we genuinely care about the welfare of our students both during, and after the completion of their driving lessons. The gift of independence and the growth of our students thereafter is a large driving force of why we do what we do here at Airdrie Driving School.

Did you know?

  • One in every five new drivers is involved in a collision in the first two years of driving.

  • In Alberta 89% of all traffic fatalities occur in rural areas. Our courses include city and rural training.

  • Vehicle crashes are the number one killer of young people in Alberta.

  • Fatal crashes involving 16 year old drivers are more likely to occur when there are other teens in the vehicle – and the risk increase with each additional teen passenger.

  • Research has shown while only 3-4% of the population exhibit high risk behaviours, these drivers account for 12% of fatalities and 8% of serious injuries.

Our Course

Defensive Driving For Beginners Course

Valid For Insurance Discount.

Includes 16 Hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of in car training.
Special Price. $649.00+tax.

Class held at: Best Western Airdrie 121 Edmonton Trail SE.

At Airdrie Driving School, we have taken great measures to ensure that our course offers the best possible quality of training, at the lowest possible price. We are especially proud of our instructors. Our highly trained instructors are the finest ladies and gentlemen you will ever meet.

Course content includes: Defensive driving habits, Selective ground search techniques, Seat belts and air bags, Country and Gravel driving, Highway and freeway driving, Parallel parking, Hill, angle, and diagonal parking, Avoiding alcohol/driving situations, Winter driving, Skid control, Hydroplaning, Blizzards, Towing and Backing with a trailer, Safe lane change techniques, Pedestrian safety, Buying & selling a vehicle, Insurance: How to minimize costs, Anti Lock brakes vs. regular brakes, Vehicle knowledge and maintenance, And much, much more!

Airdrie Driving School prides itself on teaching the “Space Cusion Driving System. All of our instructors have been trained to teach this system. Some of the many principles upon which the Airdrie Driving School’s system of ‘Space Cushion Driving’ is based include:

In order to have superior vehicle control, it is simply not enough to know proper steering techniques, you must also understand the techniques that will enable you to use the brake, clutch (if applicable), and the accelerator correctly. In addition to this you must be in position, and ready, should an emergency situation arise. When vehicle control is practiced properly, it becomes easy and natural.
It has been estimated that it takes the average beginner about 2 years of driving before they are totally competent in every driving situation. Due to this fact, a thorough knowledge of rules and regulations is essential.
Learn to expect the unexpected.Studies show that most collisions can be avoided by the “victim” of the collision, as well as the person who is “at fault”. Learn the visual habits which make it possible for you to see it so that you can avoid it. This also involves having a clear understanding of the mistakes other drivers are likely to make; everyone who drives will make some mistakes! Collision statistics show the same types of collisions happening over and over again. The good news here is that by learning about them, you can learn to anticipate them, and thus learn to avoid them.
Whenever you drive, you carry a “safety cushion” of space with you. The moment someone begins to invade this space cushion, you have to re-establish it by adjusting your speed and/or your position. This also means that you ensure that you are not invading someone else’s space cushion.
In a potential collision situation you have little time to think. You have to react immediately. You have to know what to do and how to do it. Recognize the hazard, understand the defense, acting in time. People who have been involved in collisions often tell teh authorities, “If only they had not wasted valuable moments deciding what to do, they could have avoided the collision. Our “Evasive Driving” program is designed to make knowing what to do as automatic as possible.




  • Defensive Driving for Beginners Course $649.00 plus GST for a total of $681.45
  • Car rental for road testing – $70.00 plus GST for at total of $73.50
  • No show fee/rescheduling fee- $70.00 plus GST for at total of $73.50
  • 1 hour brush up lesson plus car rental for road testing $140.00 plus GST for a total of $147.00
  • Hourly brush up lessons $70.00 plus GST for at total of $73.50




Enroll through our secure Registration Form

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Includes 16 Hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of in car training $649.00 (plus GST) = $681.45


Classroom Schedules are as follows
  Note: You may also register to do the classroom at home on-line.
2016 Dates
January Sunday Classes: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on January 10, 17, and 24th. I.e. Three (3)  Sundays.
February Day Class,
(No School This Week) 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on February 16, 17 and 18, I.e. Tuesday Wednesday, and Thursday
February Evening Class:  
6PM to 10:00 PM on February 23, 25, March 1, and 3rd. I.e. Tuesday, Thursday, Tuesday and Thursday
March Classrooms
Sunday Day Classroom
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on March 6, 13, and 20th. I.e. 3 Sundays
Evening Classroom
6PM to 10:00 PM on March 14, 16, 21, and 23rd.  I.e. Monday, Wednesday, Monday, and Wednesday.
**Spring Break Day Classroom, Catholic Schools
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on March 29, 30, and 31. I.e. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
April Classrooms
Sunday Day Classroom
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on April 3, 10, and 17th., I.e. 3 Sundays
**Spring Break Day Classroom, Public Schools
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on April 12, 13, and 14th., I.e. Tuesday Wednesday, and Thursday
You may also register to do the classroom at home on-line.
*Future Dates will be added shortly*

Contact Us

Airdrie Driving School

Address: 2127 Luxstone Blvd SW, Airdrie, Alberta T4B 0C6

Office Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Mon-Fri

Phone: 403-948-2120


Locally owned and operated

by Glen and Patricia Waddell