Ever since the law was change that teenagers in the United States could get their drivers license at the age of sixteen, controversy has followed. Some argue that this age is too young for teenagers to be in the car because they’re too immature to operate a motor vehicle and others argue to say that it’s okay. However, it seems that no one seems to argue on whether or not these young adults must take drivers education or not in order to drive. Some states have made it a law, that in order for one to get their license at the age of sixteen, they must take drivers education or else they must wait until they’re eighteen. Other states, however, don’t find the need to teach their young adults the rules of the road and let them drive as soon as they are at the age of sixteen. Driver’s education helps teach these young adults the laws of the road and, as the program’s name states, educates the driver on how to drive on the road. Ever since the 1930’s, schools and independent providers have offered students this education on driving. The program is getting more and more popular, and as of 2010, nearly 20,000 schools in the United States provided drivers education in their curriculum. (Stack, 2010) If teenagers in this generation want to get their license before they turn eighteen, they must take drivers education.
When a student is signed up to take drivers education, they are signed up to sit through a series of requirements. First, the student is going to sit through classroom instruction of the laws of the road and other various useful and knowledgeable techniques about driving. The amount of hours varies per state, but the average amount of time spent in the classroom is about twenty-four total hours. (Driver’s education in, 2011) This time in the classroom is used so that an instructor can teach a group of students about important laws to follow on the road and what a majority of the street signs are that you’ll see on the road. This classroom time is also used to talk about topics like: cell phone use, hazard detection, inexperience, nighttime driving. As well as talking about laws that are set in place on the road, and the penalties you will serve if you break these laws, the instructor will teach the students about drunk driving. This is huge for them, and is a big part in trying to prevent any sort of drinking and driving. Instructors show videos that have been given out by the government in order to show these young adults what can happen if you are behind the wheel while under the influence. The classroom is also a place where the instructors can teach drivers the ins and outs of defensive driving. This knowledge is useful when the driver is on the high way, for example, and they have to make decisions that could affect everyone in the car. By learning these techniques of where to be, and how to manage oneself in that particular situation, may help that driver down the road in their driving adventures. The time spent in this classroom is important for teenagers in order to achieve their license, and cant be complete unless they pass the twenty-four hour portion of class and the tests involved.
Assuming the student has completed the twenty-four hours of classroom learning, and have attained their driving permit, they then must complete a set number of hours of in-car learning. The amount of hours varies per state, but averages about eight hours. (Driver’s education in, 2011) This time is used to teach the student how to drive, essentially. The instructor will teach them the ins and outs of the car they are in, and how to drive properly and safely. In-car is used to make the comprehensive driver calm in the car when they drive and allows them to be comfortable on the road. Since some students have trouble learning with their parents because of family issues, in-car provides a calm environment in which the student can get some quality one on one time with an instructor. Young drivers are just that, young, and they...
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