Goal: To learn the fundamentals of safe and responsible driving within a variety of environments utilizing a three phase program of classroom instruction (30 hours), behind the wheel instruction (performance based) and simulation training. 


Requirements:  Must be 15 years of age or older, in the tenth grade, pay class fee of $40.00 and have a valid Alabama learners license.


Grading Procedure:

            Tests, notebook/daily work, and simulation          50% of semester grade

            Behind the wheel driving                                    50% of semester grade



            Driver Education is a nine week, ½ unit of credit class.


Classroom Phase

            Boating Safety

            Value of Driver Education

            SIPDE/Smith System

            Learners/Drivers License preparation

            Emotions, physical conditions and driving

            Alcohol and drugs

            Traffic and administrative laws

            Systems of the car

            Basic operating procedures

            Emergency situations

            Buying, owning and insuring a vehicle

            Map reading and trip planning


Simulation Phase


            Reaction time and safety margins

            Intersection procedures

            Rural, city and freeway driving

            Crash avoidance

            Driving in poor weather conditions

            Night driving

            Emergency situations


Behind the Wheel Phase

            Entering/exit the car

            Starting/stopping correctly


            Proper steering

            Turns and turnabouts


            Lane changing/passing

            Rural, city and interstate driving

            Visual checks

            Driver license preparation and testing

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