About Us

Trust the #1 defensive driving school serving Waynesboro, Augusta County, and Staunton. We have over 40 years of law enforcement experience. Safety and education quality are our top priorities.

About Augusta Defensive Driving School

Augusta Defensive Driving School was founded to provide new and experienced drivers with safe and professional driving instruction. Our lead instructors have over 40 years of combined law enforcement experience, ensuring that our students learn safe, state-approved defensive driving techniques. Our fully licensed driving school is trusted by adults and teenagers alike to provide a patient, courteous, and informed driving experience.

Driving is a serious activity that demands responsibility, know-how, and attentiveness from drivers, and we take pride in the quality drivers educated by our school. Fortunately, our instructors are skilled in helping even the most nervous of drivers get over their stress and discomfort. In fact, over 96% of our students pass their road test on their first try!

Teen Driver Ed Driver Improvement

Meet Our Team


Dawn Hollingsworth | Lead Instructor

Dawn has been a DMV Certified instructor since 2004 and established the Augusta Defensive Driving School in February 2008. She is a former police officer and has specialized law enforcement driver training, as well as military police training. She served 5 years as a military police woman in the United States Air Force. She is also an honor graduate from James Madison University, 2003.


JD Wells | Associate Instructor

  • Retired VA State Trooper J.D. Wells
  • Former Police Driver Trainer 16+ years
  • 34 years Law Enforcement Experience
  • High School Football coach
  • High School Basketball coach
  • DMV Certified Driver Instructor

Tanya Kelso | DMV Certified Behind the Wheel Instructor

13 years teaching experience