Our Offerings

"Protecting our future one driver at a time."

Dawson Driving Academy uses years of experience and innovation to educate students and families in order to save lives and reduce injuries through organized curriculum, family involvement, and professional instruction.  Students will learn in a safe comfortable setting from certified instructors.  And actual road training is done in state inspected vehicles, equipped with dual controls for safety.  


Please see our current course offerings below.

Drivers Education 101

Course involves state mandated 6 hours of classroom instruction as well as 6 hours of 1-on-1 behind the wheel training. Students will receive instruction in city/highway driving, hazardous conditions and accident prevention/recovery. 

Recognized by most insurance companies for a drivers education discount.


Click button to schedule driving hours

(Must compete classroom before signing up for driving hours) 

Dawson Driving Academy offers convenient student pick-up/drop-off at school, home or work for driving lessons.

*There is a one time fee of $20 per package for pick-ups outside of 25 mile radius of Murray*

Defensive Driver Course

Taught as a refresher for more experienced drivers.  Geared toward the drivers over 60.  

Recognized by most insurance companies for drivers safety discount.

To find out more information on our courses, tuition rates, and class availability, please contact our staff.

Basic Driver Improvement

We also offer individual driving instruction and driving test preparation.  Please call or email for driving times and availability.

Single Driving Lesson (1 hr) $  40
2 lesson package       (2 hr)  $  70

3 lesson package       (3 hr)  $ 100
4 lesson package       (4 hr)  $ 125


Permit Test tutoring    (2 hr)  $ 40

About Our School

During my 20+ years in Law Enforcement, I saw firsthand the dangers faced by new and inexperienced drivers.  So, this school was developed with the teenage driver in mind.  New, as well as more experienced drivers, will not only learn the rules of the road, but will also receive classroom instruction on the dynamics and forces present while driving.  They will learn how to handle a vehicle during normal driving conditions, adverse conditions and vehicle recovery which can often prevent most collisions.

You will be taught by a trained driving professional with hundreds of thousands miles logged behind the wheel.  You will be driving inspected and certified automobiles equipped with passenger side braking ability.  And most of all, you will be driving with no pressure. Instructors will do their best to make sure you're comfortable with them and confident in your own abilities.  Plus we offer home/school pick-up and drop-off when available!!


To sign-up for Drivers Education:

1) Click on the "Drivers Ed 101" tab above. 

2) Select Date and "Continue". 

3) Enter your contact information and one of our representatives will contact you for scheduling.

4) Prior to attending class, click on the "Forms" tab and fill out the attached paperwork.  You will     need to bring this to the first day of class.

Dawson Driving Academy offers convenient student pick-up/drop-off at school, home or work for driving lessons.

*There is a $10 fee for driving lessons done outside of 25 mile radius of Murray**

Meet Your Instructor


  • Graduate of Murray State University with a BS in Criminal Justice

  • Graduate of Department of Criminal Justice Training - 1995

  • Graduate of Kentucky State Police Academy - 1998

  • Retired from Ky State Police - 2014

Ryan Dawson


You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answer

How much is school tuition?

Our rates depend on which class you are enrolled for.  We also offer single lesson training.  Please see "Our Offerings" page for specific prices.

Where are you located?

Dawson Driving Academy is located at 109B North 3rd St Murray, KY 42071

Will a drivers education class qualify me for a discount on  my auto insurance?

Most insurance companies recognize the accredited class and offer discounts of successful completion.  Please see your individual insurance agent for information.

Will I be doing the training in my own vehicle?

Due to Ky regulations, all training will be done in vehicles belonging to the school.  All vehicles are inspected and certified by the state and are equipped with dual brake controls for safety.

What are your hours?

Office Hours and Driving Times are by appointment, but are varied through the week, and the weekend, for convenience of customers.

Do I have to have my license/permit?

You do not have to have a license or permit to take the classroom portion of the training.
However, you must have a valid permit or license for in the vehicle training.

Visit Us!

We're always here to answer your questions and make our highways safer.


109 B North 3rd St 
Murray, KY 42071


270-917-DRIV (270-917-3748)


270-917-DRIV (270-917-3748)

109 B North 3rd St
Murray, KY 42071

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