Driver Education Resources
- Course Offerings and Description
- How to be a Better Driver
- Permit Resources
- Related Links
- Safe Driving
- Testing Facilities
Course Offerings and Description
920/2, 9207, 92092 Driver Education
Open to students who are at least 15 years old by the beginning of the course and who have passed at least 8 classes in the previous calendar year. (Eligibility determined by Illinois law.) Students will be scheduled into Driver Education by age, with priority being given to the older students first.
1 semester; 1 credit
This course is based on an integrated curriculum of classroom theory, simulation activities, and actual behind the wheel experience. If a student fails the course, he or she must repeat it within 2 years of the date that instruction initially began, or the student will have to reapply for the learner’s permit. The grade earned in Driver Education is not used when computing a student’s grade point average. When Safety Education is granted in lieu of Driver Education, no credit is given.
How to be a Better Driver
- Wear a seat belt at all times, including when driving familiar roads. It increases a driver's chance of surviving a crash by 50 percent, and 75 percent of collision I; fatalities occur within 25 miles of motorists' homes.
- Slow down.
- Don't drive when impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Nearly 50 percent of fatal crashes involve alcohol.
- Maintain a distance of two seconds' driving time between yourself and the vehicle a head of you, more than that at night, in poor weather or behind specialized vehicles such as trucks and motorcycles.
- Scan the road in front of you, looking one or two blocks ahead in the city and to the horizon on Country roads and highways.
- Check your rearview mirror every three to five seconds to stay alert to changing traffic conditions behind you.
- If you see a problem driver- -swerving, tailgating etc.--- behind you, slow down enough to let that driver pass.
- When crossing an intersection, check oncoming traffic on your left and traffic in the lanes to your right, then double-check your left side.
- When passing, make certain you can see pavement between yourself and the other vehicle in your rearview mirror before re-entering the other driver's lane.
- If your vehicle skids, turn the wheel in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
- When changing lanes, check your rearview and side view mirrors, and then look over your shoulder to check your blind spot.
- When turning left at an intersection, keep your wheels pointed forward until traffic from the opposite direction has cleared. If a car strikes you from behind, you'll only lurch forward. If your wheels are turned to the left, you could be pushed into oncoming traffic.
- If a driver traveling toward you crosses into your lane, reduce speed and steer to your right. If you steer left and the driver swerves back into the correct lane, you could wind up in a collision.
- If you have to drive off the road, aim for something soft, such as a bush. If you have to hit something hard, strike it with a glancing blow.
- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
- Ntl. Bicycle Safety Network
- Ntl. Center for Injury & Prevention Control
- Federal Highway Administration
- Ntl. Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Federal Railroad Administration
- Ntl. Organization for Youth Safety
- Federal Support to Communities Initiative
- Ntl. SAFE KIDS Campaign
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
- Ntl. Safety Council
- Illinois Operation Lifesaver
- Operation Lifesaver Inc.
- Illinois State Board of Education
- Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID)
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Secretary of State
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation
- Students Against Destructive Decisions
- Ntl. Assoc. for Pupil Transportation
- Safe Communities
One semester - 1 credit
Mr. Kleinfeldt, Mr. Brown, Mr. Colquhoun, Mr. Conway, Mr. Nudera, Ms. Roth, Mr. Torrez, and Mr. Wade
“Drive Right” textbook and workbook.
This course is based on an integrated curriculum of classroom theory, simulation activities, and actual “behind-the-wheel” experience.
All students must pass tests on rules of the road, signs, and vision before qualifying for instruction. Thirty hours of classroom instruction is a graduation requirement for all students.
Class participation is extremely important. The State of Illinois mandates that all absences must be made up. The makeup work must be turned in within one week of their occurrence or grade reductions will occur. Makeup work not turned in by the end of the NINE WEEKS results in a failure.
All homework must be turned in on time, clearly written or printed. Grade reduction will occur for late work. Four late or missing homework assignments may result in a semester failure.
All missed tests must be made up the day you return to school, please make arrangements with your teacher.
Switching in – car day to another day in the rotation must be cleared with your classroom teacher in advance. Two or more absences will disqualify a student from taking the State Road Test at school. Three NO drives may result in a failure for Lab. Four NO drives for any reason will result in NO credit and a failure in Lab. Students will not be allowed to drive without a permit or glasses when glasses are required.
Students are expected to bring their textbook, Chromebook, and a pen or pencil to class each and every day as required.
Students are expected to behave like young adults and respect the rights and property of fellow classmates.
Note: The school’s attendance policy will be followed.
Four (4) unexcused absences from class during a semester will result in the student receiving an “NF” grade and being dropped from the class.
A tardy of more than 10 minutes will be considered one (1) Unexcused Absence
Twelve (12) accumulated tardies excused or unexcused will result in the student receiving an “NF” grade and being dropped from the class.
Nine (9) Countable Absences (excused or unexcused) will result in loss of license eligibility from the state. Twelve (12) absences (excused or unexcused) will result in the student receiving an “NF” grade, (excluding field trips and religious days).
The grading scale below will be used for tests and workbooks.
A = 92-100
B = 84-91
C = 77-83
D = 70-76
F = 69 and below
Students will receive points for attendance, class participation, and completion of homework and in-class assignments.
Attitude and maturity are a vital part of safe responsible driving and are expected of all students in order to qualify for a driver license. If the instructors deem this area lacking sufficient demonstrable behaviour the student may be removed from the program.