Why McKenna’s Driving School?


Family owned driving school since 1996. The McKenna family has grown our reputation in Halifax, Dartmouth and the surrounding area for our dedicated and experienced instructors. Ron, Jake, and Sam McKenna along with Bill, Todd, Kaylee, Alex, and Chad receive consistently positive feedback from students for their thorough driving school instruction.

Mckenna’s Driving School is proud to offer our students:

  • Competitive rates – $517.39+tax for Driving School Course (We don’t comprise on safety, we focus on keeping our home office admin costs low so we can offer savings to our students)
  • Locally operated for over 21 years by the McKenna family
  • Two locations – Halifax and Dartmouth
  • Dependable service with experienced instructors who always receive positive reviews
  • Students have a dedicated in-vehicle instructor who follows their progress to ensure they receive all training during the 10-hours
  • Comprehensive in-class and in-vehicle lessons (view course outline here)
  • Extensive highway driving, downtown driving, rotary driving, recovery lessons for highway shoulder driving and vehicle avoidance
  • Winter conditions driving during winter months
  • 7 short weekday evening in-class lessons from 6pm – 9:30pm Mon – Thurs (preferred by students over full-day courses)
  • Flexible in-vehicle lesson times and accommodating pick up and drop off locations – we come to you 8am – 8pm
  • Complimentary access to driving school vehicle for lessons and the road test
  • Thorough preparation for the Access Nova Scotia Road Test (we have high road test pass rates and only advise you to take the road test when you are ready)
    Review our FAQ for more information

Why completing an approved Driver Education Course is a great investment:

  • 25-hours reviewing rules and regulations of driving a vehicle and 10-hours of practising driving a vehicle with a certified instructor
  • Vehicles with dual-control so instructors are always in control of the vehicle
  • Learning environment with professionals removing the emotional aspect of learning to drive with friends and family
  • Decreased motor vehicle insurance rates with proof of McKenna’s Driving School Certificate
  • 9 months to complete NS New Driver Program rather than in 12 months without course (more info here)
  • No charge to remove N (Newly Licensed Driver) off license. Without an approved Drivers Education Course you will need to take a 6-hour course for a cost of about $120
  • Higher probability of passing the road test ($53 each time you take the test)
  • Learning the rules of the road and becoming a better and safer driver