Core Standards of the Course
Strand 1: Parent or Guardian Involvement in Modeling Good Driving Habits
Parent or guardian involvement is a major part of the driver education process. Studies show that children who have higher parent or guardian involvement tend to be safer drivers and have fewer crashes over their lifetimes. The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws require the parent or guardian to become more involved in their teen driver’s learning period. Utah’s GDL law was passed in 1999 and according to the Utah Department of Health; there has been a 62% decrease in the fatalities of teens age 15-17. Educating parents or guardians on their involvement with their teen’s driving safety and GDL laws is imperative to the success of the novice driver.
Students will describe the responsibilities of owning and operating a vehicle. These responsibilities include environmental impact, especially air quality, fnancial and legal responsibility, and vehicle operation and maintenance. Provide evidence of a discussion with a parent or guardian.
Strand 2: Rules of the Road
Understanding and obeying rules of the road is essential to the safe operation and maneuvering of a vehicle. Rules of the road include signs, signals, pavement markings, and trafc controls that students must act on while behind the wheel.
Strand 3: Risk Management in All Driving Situations
Risk, to some degree, is always present in any driving situation. Risk management includes understanding the concepts of proper vision, space cushion, appropriate decision-making, and defensive driving skills. Risk management also includes avoiding the fve most common deadly driving behaviors: drowsy, distracted, aggressive, impaired, and not buckling up.
Students will analyze data that identifes the fve most common deadly driving behaviors (drowsy, distracted, aggressive, impaired, and not buckling up) and describe the necessary steps drivers must take to avoid each of them.
Strand 4: Motor Vehicle Maneuvers and Operations
The acquisition and development of driving skills necessary to safely maneuver and operate a motor vehicle. Maneuvers and operation include the physics of driving; especially speed in relationship to stopping, starting, turning, and all other driving maneuvers. Driver-assistance technology continues to advance. Understanding how to use these systems safely is critical.
Strand 5: The Driving Environment
Recognizing and responding to the driving environment is essential for safe driving. Driving environment includes—but is not limited to—weather and lighting conditions, rural and urban roadways, emergency situations, sharing the road with pedestrians, trains, tractor-trailers, and other non-typical vehicles.
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