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Prerequisites: Successful completion of 8 hours of academic coursework during previous 2 semesters
Level:   9th
Credits:  .5

Course Description

Classroom phase – Minimum of 30 clock hours required (with the nine weeks schedule, we get approximately 35 classroom hours). Emphasis is on safety and efficient use of streets and highways. Main study topics are: traffic laws, laws of nature, alcohol and drugs, adverse driving conditions, buying and insuring a car, highway driving, and motorcycle safety.

Laboratory phase (in-car instruction) – Minimum of 6 hours behind the wheel for each student. Designed to provide a sequence of experiences that will enable the learner to progress from simple to complex driving maneuvers (getting ready to put the automobile in motion, starting and stopping, turnabouts, and parking). Driving schedule is as follows:
                                                Approximately: 1-2 hours on rural roads
                                                  1-2 hours on highways
                                                  2-3 hours city or town (includes parking and turnabouts)
Other state rules – All students must drive a minimum of 50 hours with their parents (10 of those hours must be a night). It is the parent’s responsibility to record these hours on the form provided by the Secretary of State and sign to verify these hours have been completed.

Course Objectives

  • Students will understand the maturity and responsibility associated with driving an automobile.
  • Students will have an understanding of the terminology to enable them to pass the state driver’s exam.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the skills needed to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Students will have a general understanding of automobile insurance.
  • Students will know that the actions they take while driving an automobile have consequences (both good and bad).
  •  Course Outline

    Rules of the Road
  • DUI laws and penalties
  • Safety rules
  • Signs and pavement markings
  • Equipment failure
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Basics of driving
  • Things that must be done before putting vehicle in motion
  • Things that must be done before starting a vehicle
  • Things that must be done when putting vehicle in motion
  • Things that must be done when pulling over to park.
  • Starting, stopping, braking and turning
  • Various types of parking
  • Turnabouts
  • Driving in adverse weather conditions
  • Discuss the effects of weather conditions and the handling of your vehicle.
  • Explain the changes drivers must make when driving in different conditions.
  • Discuss what drivers should do if they are involved in an accident.
  • Effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving
  • Discuss the effects of drugs on the ability to drive.
  • Discuss the penalties for DUI and Zero Tolerance convictions.
  • Discuss ways to handle social pressures.
  • Explain what drivers should do if they are pulled over by the police.
  • Automobile insurance
  • Define various terms associated with automobile insurance.
  • Discuss the various types of automobile insurance.
  • Explain the types of coverage that must be carried by drivers in Illinois.
  • Teaching Methods

    This class is taught through lecture, projects, presentations, reading, and discussion.  Students are allowed to work together on selected assignments.


  • Students will be assessed on lecture material through tests and quizzes.
  • Text

    Responsible Driving, Glencoe, 1997


        “Rules of the Road”
        “The Aftermath”
        “What to do When”
      “Street Smarts”
       “Faces of Death”

    Moving Safely Across America


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