Driver Education

Safeway Driving School has been creating safe, responsible teen drivers for more than 50 years. Minnetonka Community Education partners with Safeway to offer classes that emphasize defensive driving techniques.

Instruction: Our program includes 30 hours of instruction, as required by law, in 10, three-hour lessons. Students can start classes at age 14½, obtain their permit at age 15 and license at age 16. The curriculum includes study guides, PowerPoint instruction, videos, discussion, worksheets and interactive software. Classes focus on critical behaviors and attitudes common to teen drivers and prepare them for the Minnesota Permit Exam.

Behind-the-Wheel instruction
Students must complete six hours of driving lessons with a Safeway instructor before taking the Minnesota Road Exam. Lessons are divided into three two-hour private lessons with a responsible, professional Safeway driving instructor. Students can be picked up from and dropped off at home, school or work. Safeway offers convenient internet behind-the-wheel scheduling. The lessons are given on actual city streets, highways and freeways. It is recommended that students take their first lesson six to eight weeks after receiving their permit. Lessons should be at least 30 days apart allowing for practice with parents in-between lessons.

Parent involvement
The Safeway website offers detailed information to help understand MN laws and the requirements for student drivers. Monthly Parent Information Classes are offered online at

$449 (Includes classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.)

Youth Scholarships are available for those that qualify. Please call 952-401-6801 for more information.

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Youth Program Manager

Safeway Driving School