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Certified by PennDOT to administer Non-Commercial License Testing

COVID-19 INFO Students, Employees, and Families

At Defense Driving Academy, we follow CDC guidelines and ensure our employees, students, and cars are safe. Employee temperatures are monitored daily, and a pre-screening questionnaire must be filled out before each and every lesson.

Our DDA cars, door handles, and all controls are thoroughly wiped down and disinfected before and after each lesson and license test.

We use hand sanitizer before and after every lesson and license test, and every student is given the opportunity to use hand sanitizer before and after as well.

Instructors and students are required to wear masks during lessons and license tests. Furthermore, unlike most new and existing vehicles on the road, DDA cars are equipped with more expensive HEPA cabin air filters, which eliminate mold, bacteria, and viruses.

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Modified License Testing

DDA and local DMVs

Due to the pandemic, all license testing in PA will be modified and abbreviated until further notice. This means all examiners will grade tests by standing outside vehicles, so the road test after parallel parking will be very short. Therefore, take advantage of our SALE now before the deadline Sunday at midnight.

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Due to the Mandatory Shut Down 

Due to the mandatory shut down by the Governor, unforeseen circumstances beyond our control have caused DDA to be unable to issue refunds for lessons or license tests that have already been purchased. We apologize for this inconvenience but will be contacting customers over the next few days to reschedule.

We are here to Help

DDA is here to help, and we look forward to everyone getting through these difficult and trying times soon. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, trust, and patience.

Stay well, be safe and wash your hands often,
~Your Friends at DDA

Our Commitment

The Defensive Driving Academy, Inc. is committed to helping any driver, just learning or already licensed, improve or expand their driving skill set via our proprietary defensive driving techniques and concepts. Anyone can learn to drive, but only DDA Students will...


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Certified by PennDOT

Defensive Driving Academy, Inc. is proud to be certified by PennDOT to administer Non-Commercial License Testing. Due to recent legislation, we are no longer limited to testing driving school students but can now test anyone who needs a license at our facility in Newtown Square or Pep Boys in Exton.

We are ready to help you succeed and get your PA License Test scheduled in as little as three days. Adults, teens, and parents trust DDA, and our corporate/fleet clients throughout the U.S. demand the same defensive driving "concepts-with-coaching" to systematically mitigate liability and reduce crash rates.

Even brand new drivers find our cutting edge anticipation-based methods and techniques easy to remember and repeat. Our defensive driving certificate programs are taught by talented men and women who effectively communicate, connect, correct, and are passionate about teaching our defensive driving methods.

DDA Mission Statement

At the Defensive Driving Academy, Inc. we aim to continually bridge the gaps between teaching, coaching, and retraining drivers of every skill level through the following principle:

Defensive driving instruction is not only about teaching vehicle control-ability but is undoubtedly about highly trained motivational DDA Coaches successfully communicating simple "expect the unexpected" or "surprises are coming" concepts and techniques that will reduce crash risk via one-on-one weakness recognition and "excellence requires a coach" fashioned driving behavior modification.

G V Murphy
DDA Founder

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Employment Opportunities at DDA

We have employment opportunities in Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Chester County, and Delaware County, Pennsylvania; our behind-the-wheel lessons are taught by knowledgeable DDA Coaches who hold Department of Education licensing, certification from PennDOT to perform Third Party Non-Commercial License Testing and training from the National Safety Council - who coined the term "Defensive Driving."

The Defensive Driving Academy is an NSC DDC 8/6 TRAINING CENTER. Our Corporate/Fleet DDC certificate seminars and CPR/AED First Aid Courses are taught by highly motivated DDA Instructors changing the way people think about driver and safety education. Contact us today or view our prices and programs now for more details.