Salesianum's Driver's Education program prepares students to safely and successfully navigate the roads as young drivers.
Classroom Time: 30 hours minimum
Driving Time: 14 hours = 7 hours driving and 7 hours observing
Driver Education is a PASS/FAIL course
Pre-Test: Pre-Test will determine what student knows about driver education. (This test not impact students’ final grade.)
Final Exam: State exam is 100 questions, 70 true and false and 30 multiple choice
Book: Delaware Driver Manual. It is mandatory that this book is read from cover to cover.
Quizzes: Minimum of 4 quizzes based on information from the Delaware Driver Manual, small blue and white cover book.
Project: Discretion of the teacher:
Ex. Map project prepared on poster board
Ex. Current events, using the internet, usually take about 15-20 minutes per assignment
Driving: Student is given a Green Card which identifies when the student will drive. The student must have the permission of the academic teacher to leave class and report for driving time.
Students must get the permission of their teacher before reporting for driving time. Students that have test, quizzes,or mandatory assignments for an academic class will be rescheduled to drive. All students that are driving will be identified for the main office. Main office will maintain this information for attendance purposes. If students follow the rules there will be no problems. If students do not follow the rules, students will receive detention.
Driving Schedule: The oldest students will be assigned to drive first. An average size class has students with birthdates that range about 18 months from the oldest to the youngest.
Students usually complete their driving and observing time in twelve lessons. Occasionally, a few students may need more time to reach the necessary skill level.
Students must complete these lessons.
Course completion: Student attended mandatory classroom sessions. Student successfully completed driving and observing lessons. Student completed all assignments, homework, projects, and quizzes, and tests.
Student will receive a Blue Certificate. Blue Certificate must be signed by Driver Education Teacher, and Principal of Salesianum. Certificates are usually available the same week the student completes the course.
Student/ Parent must turn in Blue Certificate to DMV (Delaware Division of Motor Vehicle) to get their permit/license.
Due to homeland security provisions there will be no smiling when your picture is taken for the driver license.
Tips for Parents
Insist on belt use.
Make sure your teens know the importance of seat belts. Remember, it's the law in every state (except New Hampshire), and you and your teen could be held liable legally and financially if someone is injured riding with you. Belt use reduces the chances of a serious injury or fatality significantly.
Drinking and driving don't mix.
More than a third of all teen traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Make it clear that it is illegal and highly dangerous for anyone to drive after drinking of using any other drug. No excuses. No second chances. No alcohol, period. It is illegal in all 50 states for anyone under age 21 to drink alcohol much less drink and drive.
Excessive speed is a major factor in crashes involving teens. Tell your teenager to slow down and take their time. Teens should keep their speed equal to the driving conditions they encounter. For example, when it rains the road becomes slicker. Also, visibility is less and they need more time to stop-so leave more space between the car and other vehicles. Also, they should turn on the headlights in inclement weather, it's the law in most states. Keep right except to pass...and pass carefully.
Teens learning to drive demand full attention. Your teen's responsibility is to operate the vehicle safely. Distractions like the radio, cell phones, and passengers take your teens attention away from the road. Remember increasing distractions, increases the risk of a crash.
Limit passengers while learning.
Fatal crashes are more likely to occur when other teenagers are in the car. The risk of a crash increases with every additional passenger. The best policy is to restrict teen passengers, especially multiple teens, all the time. Teens should be concentrating on driving and not talking to others, this can cause a distraction and could become lethal.
Caution in intersections.
Red light and stop sign running are huge problems and many people are seriously injured or killed because they didn't pay extra attention to other traffic. After a traffic light has turned green, or your teen is pulling away from a stop sign, teach them to look left, right, and left again before proceeding. The light may be green, but that means "proceed with caution." No one should assume that other traffic will stop for a red light or stop sign.
Watch out for deer and other animals
Striking a deer or other large animal can cause significant damage to the vehicle, and many people are seriously injured or killed in such crashes. Teach teens to scan the horizon carefully, especially at night, so they will have time to react in a controlled manner rather than panic swerving that could cause a crash even without striking the animal.
Don't drive when sleepy
Drowsy driving is a serious problem that leads to thousands of auto crashes each year and teens don't often get enough sleep. If they find themselves becoming sleepy while driving, pull over at a safe place and get out and walk around. Another solution is to reschedule the trip for another time to reduce risk of drowsy driving, especially if it's a long trip.
Use your head!
Teens and all drivers should use their head, always looking over their shoulder before changing lanes or merging, don't rely on the mirrors alone, they have blind spots.
Use turn signals.
Advise your teen to signal when they change lanes as well as when turning.
This is a bad habit that is a major cause of crashes. Insist teens leave plenty of space between themselves and the vehicle ahead. They should be able to see the rear tires of the car in front in slow traffic situations. At higher speeds they should leave a three-second cushion between the car and vehicle in front of them.
Teach teens to be courteous by letting motorists trying to enter the roadway out into traffic ahead of them. When a driver ahead puts on a turn signal, slow down and let him over. Courtesy on the road goes a long way to making life more enjoyable for everyone.
Learn to use antilock brakes.
Teach your teens how to safely use the technology that's in their vehicles like antilock brakes. With antilock brakes you must stomp on the brakes, stay on them (not pump them) and then steer away from danger. Teach your teen how to use them on a remote road or parking lot so they get used to the feel and they know what to expect ion an emergency situation.
Remember you are a role model.
New drivers learn a lot by example, so practice safe driving. Teens with crashes and violations often have parents with poor driving records.
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