• Driver Education Curriculum

    Classroom Goals and Objectives

    1) Students will learn the basic rules of the road in preparation for State License Exam.

    • Use Rules of the Road Handbook and Drive Right Text.
    • Use worksheets to highlight major points in the reading.
    • Use tests for each chapter to monitor and evaluate learning.
    • Use videos, reading assignments, and classroom discussions to facilitate learning.
    • Laws, signs and pavement markings, basic driving skills, and the licensing process.

    2) Students will learn the basic techniques of driving necessary for managing risks.

    • Use of the IPDE process to safe driving will be the major point of emphasis.
    • Analyzing specific driving situations will be highlighted in which students will be required to use the IPDE system to avoid unnecessary risk (“The Drive Program”)

    3) Students will learn about basic car control relating to nature's laws and safe driving habits.

    · Gravity and motion and their effect on the driving task discussed.

    · Students will learn about the factors that effect stopping distance.

    · Students will learn the dangers of driving under the influence, distracted driving, and aggressive driving.

    4) Students will be taught basic vehicle maneuvers.

    • Students will learn the basics of proper steering.
    • Students will learn the basics to making proper turns and turnabouts.
    • Students will learn about how to park a vehicle. (Parallel, angle, and perpendicular)

    5) Students will learn the importance of identifying and properly reacting to different types of

    intersections. (Right of Way)

    • Students will learn about controlled intersections.
    • Students will learn about uncontrolled intersections.
    • Students will learn about determining right of way.

    6) Students will learn about different driving environments and how to interact safely.

    • Students will learn about driving in urban areas and the difficulties associated with it.
    • Students will learn about driving in rural areas and the special situations associated with it.
    • Characteristics of freeway driving will be taught.

    7) Students will learn how to successfully handle driving in adverse conditions and several emergency

    situations. Students will research this information and present their findings to the class.

    • Reduced visibility
    • Reduced traction
    • Poor weather conditions
    • Vehicle malfunctions
    • Driver errors

    8) Students will learn about the process of buying and owning a vehicle.

    • Insurance
    • Financing
    • Maintaining the vehicle in good condition.
    • Map reading – Planning a trip.

    Assessment Tools: Written Tests; Student research and presentations; Worksheets that are designed to force students to read and record major points of emphasis from each lesson; Final Exam

    Learning Strategies – Tools: Teacher lead discussions in which students will be required to take notes; Videos followed by a discussion review; Hands on activities such as poster making which focuses on a specific topic; Students assigned a topic and then required to teach a lesson on that topic; Reading and listing major points from the reading. The “Drive Program” enforces analytical thinking.