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What are People saying about DDA?
"Hey thanks for teaching Nicole not just the right way to merge onto the highway, but what to do when things get tricky. Yeah, I would have never thought to teach her that technique, but now I know what you meant when you said driving program vs. defensive driving program...

and by making her a right-of-way expert, her decision-making and confidence are so much better. You guys were great!!  I'll be sure to tell everyone about DDA."

~ Donna M - Villanova

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Important Info about our WINTER SALE
& COVID-19
to all DDA Students,
Customers, their Families & our Community.

The safety and well being of all of our students, employees, their families, and our Community is our primary concern at DDA. At DDA, we follow CDC guidelines and will make sure 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. Before and after each lesson and license test, our DDA cars, door handles and all controls are thoroughly wiped down and disinfected. Additionally, DDA Instructors use hand sanitizer before and after every lesson and test, and every student is also 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.

EXPIRED PERMITS: Permits that have expired between 3/16/20 and 8/30/20 have been automatically extended by PennDOT until Monday, August 31, 2020. Beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020, permits must be valid in order to administer the license test.

CANCELLATION FEES will be waived until we reopen on 6/5/20 for all students and families who have been forced to cancel their lessons and/or license tests due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

REFUNDS: 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 prior to our reopening on 6/5/2020. We apologize for this inconvenience but will be contacting customers over the next few days to reschedule.

MODIFIED LICENSE TESTING: DDA and local DMVs have been given permission to start testing again on 6/5/2020, but 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.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER 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

The Defensive Driving Academy is committed to helping any and all drivers, 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 LEARN TO ANTICIPATE.


Get your License with
DDA at Pep Boys !!!

Our WINTER SALE ends Sunday at Midnight !! 
  The Defensive Driving Academy is certified by PennDOT to perform Third Party Non-Commercial
 License Testing ~
  Get Started  to find out more. License testing at DDA facility in
Newtown Square or Pep Boys in Exton is by appointment only.

The Defensive Driving Academy 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. You can test right away in your car if you're ready, or use our car and our instructor if you need more help preparing. Either way, DDA is ready to help you succeed and get your PA License Test scheduled in as little as 3 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. Each and every day, 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.

CHOP Researchers and DDA Director Jerry Murphy discuss recent findings
       related to "Why Teens Crash" with Eyewitness News Reporter Jenn Bernstein.

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

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The DDA Mission Statement / Philosophy:

At the Defensive Driving Academy 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 certainly 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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Defensive Driving Academy - 4689 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073
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