Driver Education/Traffic Safety-Classroom and Laboratory   (#1900310)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

Major concepts/content
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the highway transportation system and to strategies that will develop driving knowledge and skills related to today's and tomorrow's motorized society. It will also provide an in-depth study of the scope and nature of accident problems and their solutions. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • vehicle control and traffic procedure
  • defensive driving strategies
  • pertinent laws and their application to driving
  • energy efficient and safe enjoyable vehicle ownership
  • physical and mental factors
  • legal and moral obligations
  • knowledge of motorcycle operations and interactions in the system
  • planning for safe travel to include map studies
  • the effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving performance

General Notes

Special note:
This course includes laboratory activities.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:

Version Requirements

After successfully completing this course, the student will:
  • Describe basic aspects of the Highway Transportation System (HTS)--its purpose, major elements, effectiveness, and the roles played by man in the system.
  • Describe and demonstrate basic control of the vehicle, including exterior and interior promotion checks, control of motion and direction, and basic maneuvers.
  • Describe, interpret, and react properly to signs, signals, and pavement markings.
  • Describe the need for identifying potential hazards in traffic, making predictions about possible occurrences, making wise decisions for action based on minimum risk, and demonstrate appropriate executions of these decisions (I.P.D.E.).
  • Describe and demonstrate the management of space requirements in all driving situations.
  • Describe and demonstrate the skills required to effectively control and take proper actions in emergency situations to avoid a collision or minimize the impact if unavoidable.
  • Describe needed measures for correcting or minimizing the effects of temporary or permanent physical defects or limitations.
  • Describe the legal and moral responsibilities at the scene of highway collisions.
  • Describe the effects of attitudes and emotions on driving decisions.
  • Describe the effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving.
  • Describe the importance of vehicle maintenance for safe and efficient operation.
  • Describe the requirements for compliance with the laws that apply to drivers as well as owners of motor vehicles.
  • Describe the principles and practices related to trip planning.
  • Describe the operation and interaction of motor driven cycles in the Highway Transportation System.
  • Describe and demonstrate specific decisions to be made when interacting with other users of the Highway Transportation System other than the automobile.
  • Describe the value and demonstrate the use of occupant vehicle restraints and other built-in safety features and devices.
  • Describe the need for actively supporting traffic law enforcement agencies and assisting in the improvement of highway safety programs.


As well as any certification requirements listed on the course description, the following qualifications may also be acceptable for the course:

Any field when certification reflects a bachelor or higher degree plus Driver Education Endorsement.

General Information

Course Number: 1900310
Abbreviated Title: DRIVER ED CLASS/LAB
Number of Credits: Half credit (.5)
Course Length: Semester (S)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 9,10,11,12

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