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Welcome to National Defensive Driver Training!
Serving the needs of new drivers since 1997.

Welcome to National! 

animated-canada-flag-image-0001 100% Canadian Owned and Operated 


Voted the #1 Driving School in Guelph for 2016-17!*

*As chosen in the Readers Choice awards for the Guelph Mercury-Tribune.

The combination of a classroom experience that is actually interesting and in car instructors who are some of the best have helped us get to #1 in Guelph. Our born and raised Canadian instructors will teach you in clear, easy to understand English. They are 100% dedicated to help you become safe, confident drivers for life.  After all, you will be sharing the road WITH US after you get your licence, so it's in everyones' best interests to make sure you're a good driver.    

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$725 plus tax


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Here is what we can offer you with our Beginner Driver Education MTO-Approved Course:

  • Award winning driver training! (from Guelph Mercury-Tribune readers choice for 2016-17)
  • Potential insurance savings up to the maximum your insurance company offers for an MTO approved course!  
  • Full MTO-Approved Course Certification upon successful completion of your training 
  • Modern power point based classroom program run by an instructor with over 25 years of experiences and stories that students stay engaged with.
  • Ian Bath, formerly of Royal City Driver Training, is now with us and brings over 2 decades of valuable experience and bad jokes.
  • Eligibility to take the road test 4 months earlier.
  • A course recommended by driving examiners who have sent their own friends and neighbours to us.
  • Depending on the course selected and the season, you may be taught skid avoidance, defensive driving, strategic emergency handling techniques, highway driving, night driving and/or winter driving control.
  • Flexible scheduling options 
  • Pick-up and drop-off anywhere within Guelph city limits.
  • Installment payment plan available. Just ask about it when you call to register. (519-400-7233)

  And... Our Instructors:     (Terry, Gabriel and Ian) 

  • Great availability for in car lessons 6 days a week. Unlike some schools, we can have you in the car quickly after you have taken the class*.  (*For full MTO programs. If you are just doing in car training only, it will be even quicker)
  • MTO certified, highly-trained instructors... Click here for details
  • Highest government road test passing rate for students attempting a road test in Guelph! 
  • Clear and easy to understand instructions, both in class and in the car. (An important skill when it comes to safety)
  • Automatic transmission in-vehicle lessons
  • Late model vehicles that are annually safety inspected and have a dual brake system for your safety

Private Lesson Packages

Click on your license level to see what options are available for in-car-only lesson packages

  1.  G1 drivers                                                       
  2.  G2 drivers                                                                                Image result for modern cartoon car


  • Myths or Facts?

  • "All driving schools teach the same.  There is no difference."   

There is a big difference in the quality of instruction available to students.  Check with others who have already taken driver training before you commit. We will let our word-of-mouth speak for us.  We have had many students from certain other driving schools come to us and say things like 

  "I never got taught that" / ''I never learned that", 

  "You explain things in a way that makes sense" 

  "I wish I had come here (National) first"

  "My last instructor at ...... was hard to understand" 

  "It's nice to see a teacher who is passionate about what he teaches... Thanks!"

  • "All driving schools teach defensive driving"  

The truth is that many schools now focus mostly on how to pass the road test.  They spend much of the lesson time driving around the testing area so their students learn how to pass the test; not how to handle different driving situations and types of drivers.  At National, we aim much higher to offer our students the necessary training of skills and knowledge to be able to handle whatever comes across their path.  We teach a defensive approach that can help keep our students safe by using the right attitude and to proactively assess potential threats which can allow them time to make the right decisions.


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