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    Course Title: Driver Education

     
     
    Course Description:
     
    Students in Drivers Education will become safe, skilled, knowledgeable drivers who are engaged in responsible driving practices that will continue as they become life long learners of the driving task.  Thirty clock hours of classroom instruction, six clock hours of behind the wheel instruction and fifty hours of parental supervised driving are required by state law. Students may sign up for Driver Education at the age of 15 and are enrolled in the course on an age priority basis. This course takes place during the regular school day. A $350 driving fee is required. Paying the fee does not guarantee placement in the class.
     
    Enduring Understandings:
     
    What types of decisions will the driver have to make in order to be a safe, courteous, and defensive driver.
    What are the mental skills required to be a safe driver.
    Students will be able to learn the meanings of various traffic signs, traffic signals, and roadway markings.
    Students will be able to learn the purpose of vehicle instruments, devices, and controls.
    Students will be able to use the proper procedures for starting, moving, and stopping a vehicle.
    Students will be able to use the IPDE process with the Zone Control System.
    Students will be able to use the Smith System to increase driving safety.
    Students will be able to use their physical skills of driving, so they become habits, along with their mental skills to make wise decisions using the IPDE process. 
     
     

    Essential Questions:
     
    Why is knowing the Rules of the Road essential to be a good driver?
    Why is it important to know the Illinois Graduated Driver Licensing program?
    Why is it essential to follow the rules of the GDL?
    What adjustments need to be made when driving in inclement weather?
    What skills are needed to becoming an excellent driver?
    Is it important to know the responsibilities required associated with driving?
    What is the difference between signs, signals, and pavement markings?
    Why is it important to know how the instruments and panel controls work in a vehicle?
    Why is it essential to know the safety checks for both the interior and exterior of a vehicle?
    What procedures are used when making basic car maneuvers?
    What are the steps in using the IPDE process?
    How do emotions affect driving?
    How do physical senses affect driving?
    How does alcohol affect driving?
    How does taking drugs, both illegal and prescribed, affect driving?
    What is the best way to handle peer pressure while driving?
    Why is it important to not be a distracted driver?
    How do the laws of motion affect the ability of drivers to control their vehicles?
    What skills are essential to handling the different types of intersections a driver will encounter?
    What techniques can be used for safely managing the effects of hazardous weather on driving conditions?
    What techniques can be applied to handle emergency situations?
    What is the difference between driving in urban or rural areas?
    What is the best strategy for driving on an expressway or "freeway"?
    What things should be taken care of for buying and maintaining a vehicle?
    What methods are used in planning a long driving trip? 
     
     
    Course Academic Vocabulary:
    Low-risk driving,  IPDE Process Risk, Collision Zone,  Control System, Highway Transportation System
    Graduated Driver Licensing Program,  Warning sign,  Flashing signal, Regulatory sign,  Shared left-turn lane
    Pedestrian signal, Rumble strip,  International sign,  Wheel lock-up
    Target Shift lever , Shift indicator, Braking point, Tachometer,  Antilock Braking System, Turnabout , Forward reference point ,
    Parallel parking, Reference point, Personal reference point, denitrify, Orderly visual search pattern,  Predict Open zone,
    Line of sight,  Target area range,  Depressants, Prescription medicine,  Blood alcohol concentration,  Inhibitions
    Synergistic effect, Implied Consent Law,  Zero tolerance law, Field Sobriety Test, Distracted driving,  Gawking
    Cognitive distraction,  Visual distraction,  Driver inattention, Biochemical distraction,  Auditory distraction,  Perception time
    Reaction time,  Total stopping distance, Perception distance, Braking distance , Reaction distance ,Force of impact, Gravity
    Inertia, Fresh green light, Stale green light , Delayed green light,  Joining traffic, Active railroad crossing,  Passive railroad crossing,
     Controlled intersection, Uncontrolled intersection, Protected left turn,  Unprotected left turn, Moped, Scooter, Jaywalking, Emergency vehicle
    Protective gear , Overdriving headlights, Hydroplaning, Rocking Skid, Fishtail, Understeer,  Oversteer, Controlled braking,  Exhaust pipe, Blowout,
    Brake fade, Deductible,  Premium, Liability, insurance Policy,  Head-on collision, Side impact collision, Rear end collision,  Cover the brake, 
    Ride the brake,  Overtake,  Blind intersection, Tailgate,  Runaway,  vehicle ramp,  Advisory speed signs, Median, Switchback,.  Pull-out areas, 
    Slow moving vehicle,  Entrance ramp,  Acceleration lane, Merging area,  Hole in traffic,  Exit ramp, Deceleration lane,  Catalytic converter, Muffler,
    Jumper cables,  Tire treadwear , Brake fluid, Transmission fluid , Coolant, Motor oil,  Legend GPS, Safety chain,  Recreational vehicles, Index
     
    Course Units / Topics of Study:
    The Driving Task
    Being a Responsible Driver
    Controlling Your Vehicle
    Driving in Different Environments