A-1 Driving School Review 2020: Rates, Branches, Lessons, Pros & Cons

Updated Aug 06, 2020 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!
A-1 Driving School Review will explain how this school is a very strong contender for the title of the best driving schools in the Philippines

Here on Philkotse.com, we recognize the need of knowing how to drive because it not only is a practical everyday life skill, but we also acknowledge that driving in itself can give you the freedom to go where you want to every time you need to.

So for this article, we will introduce to you another driving school that’s easily accessible to you. Now we’ve already reviewed another driving school before, but there are a lot of excellent choices here in the country as such, this particular driving school might be another alternative option for you.

So let’s get our driving face on with the A1 Driving School!

1. A1 Driving School Philippines: Overview

Founded in March of 1977, A-1 Driving Co, Inc. is one of the oldest driving schools here in the Philippines with more than 80 branches nationwide.

They also have three training centers located here at Metro Manila: one in Las Pinas, one in Quezon City, and another in Mandaluyong where you can learn in a secure, and controlled environment away from regular traffic.

Aside from being a regular driving school, A-1 can also provide fleet drivers training and assessment, defensive driving seminars for interested parties and car maintenance 101.

A picture of an A1 driving instructor and his student

A-1 Driving instructors are experienced and certified professionals

2. A-1 Driving School Review: Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Student can choose from a range of more than 150 training vehicles from the latest car models
  • Training vehicles are at proper condition
  • Professional instructors with competent driving and teaching experiences
  • Defensive driving lessons including driving skills courses, traffic rules & regulation, car maintenance
  • Licensing assistance service
  • Lectures are operated on weekends.
  • Applying modern technology in lectures (Starmobile)
  • Informative manual course book
  • A-1 Driving school Philippines accepts the payment via credit cards
  • Good customer service

A car maintenance 101 session at A-1 Driving School

Aside from driving skills and traffic laws, A-1 will also teach you the basics of maintaining your car.

Cons

  • The trainees are not possible to choose the instructors at the beginning
  • Some training vehicles have a bad smell
  • Conflict schedule during Holiday Season

3. Things to keep in mind for the trainees of A1 Driving School Philippines

#1: Getting the LTO Student permit is required to enroll in the course at A-1 Driving School

#2: Make sure to schedule your slots before heading to the A-1 Driving School branches. According to my personal experience, it is not a good idea to arrange the training time in the Holiday season because it's a chance that you have to reschedule 2-3 times.

#3: It is recommended to attend the Orientation session to obtain all necessary information and benefits you get for your driving course.

#4: If you are not satisfied with your instructors, you can claim to replace another one.

#5: Bring along your A-1 ID and the receipt to prove that you already paid for the course.

Star mobile use in A1 driving course

A1 driving school optimizes Star mobile app in their course

4. Top reasons to consider A-1 Driving School

4.1. Variety of Driving courses and competent instructors

Like most driving schools in the Philippines, the A-1 driving school has several choices of driving courses you can choose from. Their courses have a larger vehicle choice for you to train on. In addition, A-1 Driving’s trainers are TESDA and LTO accredited instructors and as such is the real deal in terms of preparing you for real-life driving situations.

A-1 even has an Executive course which includes a very convenient and free pick-up and drop-off for their students. Also, if you want to have a quicker learning experience, A-1 also has a Rush Course.

And finally, they have a very safe and excellently simulated Training Center Course where you can safely experience your A1 driving lessons away from the dangers of a regular public road.

A picture of one of A-1's training centers

A-1's facilities are top notch and are completely safe for the beginner driver

Here is a list of their training courses:

A-1 Training Courses
Description
Premium Course
Drive any of A-1’s latest training Vehicles at schedules time slots
Executive Course
Choice of training vehicle and instructor. Free pick-up and drop-off for their students.
Rush Course
Drive any of A-1’s latest training Vehicles at schedules time slots
Training Center Course
Learn and improve your driving skills under simulated road conditions.
Fleet Driver’s Training and Assessment
For training company fleet drivers or professional drivers. Also includes assessment
Driver’s Education 101
To prepare youth and young adults to become safer drivers
Car Maintenance 101
To arm the new or would-be car owner the skills needed to maintain and troubleshoot a vehicle

4.2. Accessibility: Variety of A-1 Driving School Branches

Another strong point of A-1 is its accessibility. With over 80 branches spread around the Philippines, including over 20 which are equipped with very modern and comfortable lecture rooms, A-1 is definitely easy to get to or to find.

Adding to that value of accessibility, A-1 can even assist its customers in getting their own driver’s license

A picture of one of A-1's branches

Apart from widespread all over the country, A-1's branches are neat and very modern

In order to assist you, here is a list of all their branches including A1 Driving School’s contact numbers:

A1 driving school in Manila

Branch  Location  Contact Number
 Lucky Chinatown Mall  Lucky Chinatown Mall, 4th Floor (near Food Court)  (+63932) 724 1862
 Robinsons Place Manila  Robinson's Place Manila, Level 1 (beside Cebu Pacific)  (+632) 521 7616
 SM City Manila  SM City Manila, Upper Ground Floor (in front of Mary Grace)  (+632) 400 8634
 SM City San Lazaro  SM City San Lazaro, Lower Ground Floor (in front of Supermarket and Storyland)  (+632) 565 4599

A1 driving school in Makati

 Branch Location   Contact Number
 Glorietta 5  Glorietta 5, 3rd Floor (near Power Mac)  (+632) 831 4409
 Greenbelt 1  Greenbelt 1, Ground Floor (near Legaspi St. entrance between Mr. Quickie and LBC)  (+632) 817 9930
 J.P. Rizal St., Olympia  569 J.P. Rizal St. corner J.B. Roxas St., Brgy. Olympia (beside PSBank)  (+632) 899 1190

A1 driving school in Davao

 Branch  Location  Contact Number
 Gaisano Mall of Davao  Gaisano Mall, Lower Ground Floor (near Supermarket)  (+6382) 295 7004
 J.P. Laurel, Bajada  Km. 4 Sweet Gift Bldg., J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada (infront of Davao Light Power Plant)  (+6382) 225 4284
 McArthur Hi-way, Matina  Door 3, 11 Dela Torre Bldg., McArthur Hi-way, Marina Crossing (in front of GSIS)  (+6382) 299 1139
 SM City Davao  SM City Davao, Ground Floor, Level 2 Entrance (near Krispy Kreme Drive-Thru)  (+6382) 282 0087

>>> Worth to note: Driving Schools in Davao: Overview, list of courses, fees & more

A1 driving school in Cebu

 Branch Location   Contact number
 Ayala Center Cebu  Ayala Center Cebu, 4th Floor (near Cinema 1 on stage and in front of Fitness First)  (+6332) 520 1088
 Capitol Site  100 Escario St., Brgy. Capitol Site (near RCBC)  (+6332) 254 2356
 CM City Cebu  SM City Cebu, Lower Ground Floor (in front of Watsons and near Food Court)  (+6332) 231 7522
 South Central Square  South Central Square, Kiosk 4, Lawaan III, Talisay (in front of Robinson's Supermarket)  (+6332) 238 4015

>>> More options: Driving Schools in Cebu: List of popular schools, respective courses & fee

Above is the list of A1 Driving school branches in the big cities. Look for other branches strategically located nationwide with the complete contact details in the following link: https://a-1driving.com/about/branches/

5. A1 Driving School Rates & Courses

While being also accessible and versatile, A-1 driving school price for their courses are also very affordable and will be pliable in terms of training vehicle choice or the number of hours of driving lessons.

To further assist you, here is a list of A-1 Driving School’s rates for all of their courses. Also included is information on which branches these courses are available.

A picture of the A-1 training truck

A-1 is one of the view driving schools where a truck is available as a training vehicle.

5.1. A-1 Driving School Rate: Premium Course

Course
Training Vehicle
5Hours
7Hours
10Hours
15Hours
20Hours
30Hours
SEDAN (MT)
Manual Training Vehicle
P3,200
P4,400
P6,200
P9,200
P12,000
P17,700
SEDAN (AT)
Toyota Altis
P6,000
P8,300
P11,800
P17,600
P23,200
P34,500
A-1 Course (MT)
Choice of instructor or sedan
P4,000
P5,500
P7,800
P11,600
P15,200
P22,500
A-1 Course (AT)
Choice of instructor or sedan
P6,600
P9,200
P13,000
P19,400
P25,600
P38,100
MPV/ Pickup (MT)
Toyota Innova / Toyota Hilux
P5,400
P7,500
P10,600
P15,800
P20,800
P30,900
MPV (AT)*
Toyota Innova
P7,200
P10,000
P14,200
P21,200
P28,000
P41,700
LIGHT TRUCK*
Isuzu NHR
P5,400
P7,500
P10,600
P15,800
P20,800
P30,900
MIDSIZE SUV (AT)*
Honda CR-V / Toyota Fortuner
P8,000
P11,100
P15,800
P23,600
P31,200
P46,500
VAN (AT)*
Hyundai Starex
P8,000
P11,100
P15,800
P23,600
P31,200
P46,500

*Only in NCR, Calabarzon, and Bulacan

5.2. A-1 Driving School Rate: Executive Course

SEDAN (MT)
Toyota Vios or Altis
P6,400
P8,900
P12,600
P18,800
P24,800
SEDAN (AT)
Toyota Altis
P9,000
P12,500
P17,800
P26,600
P35,200
A-1 COURSE (MT)
Choice of Instructor or Sedan
Manual Training Vehicle
P7,200
P10,000
P14,200
P21,200
P28,000
A-1 COURSE (AT)
Choice of Instructor or Sedan
Automatic Training Vehicle
P9,600
P13,400
P19,000
P28,400
P37,600
MPV / PICKUP (MT)*
Toyota Innova / Toyota Hilux
P8,400
P11,700
P16,600
P24,800
P32,800
MPV (AT)*
Toyota Innova
P10,200
P14,200
P20,200
P30,200
P40,000
LIGHT TRUCK (MT)*
Isuzu NHR
P8,400
P11,700
P16,600
P24,800
P32,800

*Only in NCR, Calabarzon, and Bulacan

5.3. A-1 Driving School Rate: Rush Course

SEDAN (MT)
Toyota Altis or Vios
P4,200
P5,800
P8,200
P12,200
P16,000
P23,700
SEDAN (AT)
Toyota Altis
P7,000
P9,700
P13,800
P20,600
P27,200
P40,500
A-1 COURSE (MT)
Choice of Instructor or Sedan
Manual Training Vehicle
P5,000
P6,900
P9,800
P14,600
P19,200
P28,500
A-1 COURSE (AT)
Choice of Instructor or Sedan
Automatic Training Vehicle
P7,600
P10,600
P15,000
P22,400
P29,600
P44,100
MPV / PICKUP (MT)*
Toyota Innova / Toyota Hilux
P6,600
P9,200
P13,000
P19,400
P25,600
P38,100
MPV (AT)*
Toyota Innova
P8,200
P11,400
P16,200
P24,200
P32,000
P47,700
LIGHT TRUCK (MT)*
Isuzu NHR
P6,600
P9,200
P13,000
P19,400
P25,600
P38,100

*Only in NCR, Calabarzon, and Bulacan

All in all, A-1 driving school looks like it’s a very large and well established judging from all those branches spread nationwide and their variety of very affordable driving courses.

So if you’re still undecided on a good driving school, you might want to consider A-1 Driving School, one of the oldest and most reliable driving schools here in the Philippines.

Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.