Whether you’re learning the rules of the road for the first time or are looking to up your skills behind the wheel, you’ll need a driving school.
When you sit behind the wheel, you assume tremendous responsibility.
As a driver, you are supposed to be accustomed to all traffic rules in order to ensure your own safety as well as the security of other drivers and pedestrians.
A number of schools in Kenya offer training programs that equip students with the knowledge and skills required to obtain a driving license.
Unfortunately, not all schools are equally good.
Read on to find out the best schools to get high-quality driver education in Kenya.
List of best driving schools in Kenya & their fees
Here is a list of driving schools you should consider:
1. AA Kenya
Automotive Association of Kenya, better known as AA, is one of the oldest driving schools that was founded long before independence.
This driving school is one of the most reputable driving schools, not only in Kenya but in East Africa as well.
It has several branches throughout the country and is one of the few driving schools in Parklands Nairobi serving both the affluent and the ordinary citizens. Since its inception in 1919, AA has served Kenyans, producing the best drivers in Kenya.
Apart from the many branches, it has in different estates in Nairobi, it is also among the best driving schools in Nairobi CBD, therefore more accessible to learners.
AA Kenya driving school fees is around Ksh15,400 for the full driving course that consists of 30 lessons.
2. Rocky Driving School
Rocky is also a significant driving school in Nairobi with many branches in different parts of the city.
Being an old driving school, it has won a good reputation among Nairobi Town driving schools and might be the school you have been looking for.
Plus, if you are looking for one of the best driving schools in Nairobi City Center, then Rocky should be one of your priorities.
Notably, it has produced many drivers with different specialties and is one of the entities you can trust if you are vouching for the best among truck driving schools in Nairobi.
It has branches in Kangemi, Buruburu, Nairobi CBD, South C, Westlands, South C, Ngong Road, and Eastleigh.
It charges Ksh9,400 for the full course that consists of 20 lessons.
3. Petanns Driving School
Petanns is also a big driving school with many branches within Nairobi and a good reputation.
It has offices in the following locations in Nairobi; Kangemi, Ruai, South B, Kayole, Mathare, Dandora, Umoja, and Buruburu, just to mention a few.
It charges about Ksh13,000 for a full driving course with 30 lessons.
4. Heltz Driving School
Heltz prides itself with an excellent reputation within Nairobi and its environs.
Its central office is at Sheikh House along Tom Mboya Street, but it has branches in major estates in Nairobi.
An inquiry at their head office will help you locate their branch that is closest to you.
They charge about Ksh9,200 for the full driving course that is broken down into twenty lessons.
This makes it one of the cheapest driving schools in Nairobi that do not compromise on value to their customers.
5. Seniors Driving School
Seniors Driving School is known to be a brand that has gotten positive reviews among its many alumni.
They have been in the business for a long time and will not only give the best services but also do a lot to expedite the process of getting a driving license Kenya.
It is one of the well-spread schools with Nairobi. It has branches in Dandora, Thika Road, and Kayole, just to mention a few locations.
Seniors is one of the most trusted driving schools in South B Nairobi, where it has a branch located along Kapiti Road.
Though reputable, they don’t disclose their price for the services they offer. For inquiries, you can call; +254 729 461 713.
6. Glory Driving School
This driving school may not be as well-spread in Nairobi as Seniors or Petanns, but is reputable and has sizable alumni who are doing well on Kenyan roads.
It is located along Muranga Road and offers training in all driving categories. It charges Ksh.12,000 for the full driving course that consists of 15 lessons.
7. Sony Driving School
Sony Driving School is also a known brand that is located within the CBD at Mageso Chambers, Mezzanine Floor Moi Avenue.
They have reputable instructors, but their charges are not in the public domain. Still, it is among the most affordable driving schools in Nairobi.
8. Top Gear Driving School
Top Gear Driving School is also a reputable entity that offers driving courses in all the categories.
It is located along the Outer Ring Rd at Top Gear Driving School Building Tena Estate, but it has a few branches within various estates in Nairobi.
Top Gear is one of the most supportive schools you will find in Nairobi, they will help you with PSV application NTSA, and their reputation will give you credibility in your driving job search.
It is very detailed on its charges; each category attracts a different fee, but for light vehicles (Class B), it charges Ksh18,000 for 30 lessons.
9.Wings Driving School
Wings Driving School is located at Urumathi House, North View Road.
The driving school has sizable alumni, though it is not as well-known as Petanns.
They do a lot for their students including; expediting the process of driving license acquisition and NTSA booking.
What they charge for the courses they offer is not in the public domain.
10. Iqra driving school
Iqra is an equally accredited driving school with positive reviews among its alumni.
It is located at Hurligham Plaza along Argwings Kodhek Road.
It also doesn’t disclose much about their charges in the public domain, but it has fair prices for the ordinary Kenyans.
What to look for when shopping for a driving school in Kenya
1. Consider other people’s opinion First.(Recommendations)
Take a look at the reviews and testimonials that people may have left online.
Those can be favorable or otherwise. If there are too many negative comments about a school, look for another place to have driving lessons.
You can also ask people you know like your neighbors, friends, or colleagues if they have heard anything about the school in question.
2. Visit the facility
Ask questions about what the program entails, details regarding on-road practice and conditions, the instructor’s credentials, the program's accreditation status, and how much liability the school carries.
Price is usually the first thing looked at, but it shouldn't be the only criteria.
Some schools are less expensive for a reason. Some schools save money by employing unqualified instructors or using an inadequate curriculum.
Performing a comparison of costs and services should give you a good idea of which school offers the best bargain.
Look for a school that doesn’t rush the learning process.
Although the classroom portion of the program is important, behind-the-wheel training is critical.
Not all drivers are the same, and some will need extra practice in certain areas.
Make sure the school will teach at you at a particular pace that suits you and that the behind-the-wheel training is thorough.
5. Insurance & safety
If you pick an uninsured driving school the chances are that you might have to burn a hole in your pocket paying the medical bills in case of an accident during the training.
For this reason, ask for the details of the driving school’s license so that you can confirm whether it is valid or not.
A driving school with nothing to hide won’t hesitate to give you the details.
6. Accredited driving instructors
It is of great importance to look for a driving school that employs instructors who are not only experienced but are accredited as well.
Doing so gives you the assurance that the one who'll be guiding you behind the wheel can teach you under any driving situation.
Driving school questions and their answers
1. What is the rule of the Road in Kenya? To keep left unless overtaking.
2. Name three documents which must be valid before you are allowed to drive:
a)Valid driving license
b)Valid insurance certificate
c)Valid vehicle inspection certificate
3. Which side do you overtake from?
4. When can you put on the lights during the day?
a) When it is foggy
b) During heavy rainfall
c) When it is misty
d) During emergency
5. Which vehicles have the right of way?
a) An ambulance with a siren
b) Fire Engine with a siren
c) Presidential escort with a siren
d) A police car with a siren
6. Which is the maximum speed limit in town?
7. What is the maximum speed limit on the highway? for:
a) Pick-up / lorries = 80km/hr
b) Cars = 110km/hr
c) Trailers = 65km/hr
8. When are you not allowed to drive despite having the three valid required documents?
a) When you are sick
c) Under drugs fatigue
9. What is the highway code?
A booklet checked and passed by the parliament for rules of road users.
10. What do you look for when driving past stationary vehicles?
a) Opening of doors
b) Pedestrian crossing
11. What are the four important tools you have to carry when driving for a safari?
b) Spare Wheel
12. Name four causes of accidents in Kenya
13. How many wheels does a saloon car have?
Five (Four moving and one spare)
14. How many eyes does a driver have?
Three (Two natural and one artificial)
15. What should you do first when receiving your driving license for the first time?
Check all the details and sign in ink pen
16. When there is a white continuous line down a one-way traffic road, what does it mean?
No changing lanes
17. Within which period should an accident be reported at a police station in Kenya?
As soon as possible but within 24 hours
18. What is a pedestrian Crossing?
A safe crossing provided for the safe use of pedestrians
19. What are the rules of the model town board?
a) Use the shortest and the most correct route without using the parking
b) Use the longest and the most correct route without using the parking
c) Use parking if there is no other route
20. Green Colour on the traffic light means go, expect when?
a) When there is an oncoming vehicle from right
b) When stopped by a police officer
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