The goals of the driver education program of study are to provide students with the knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently operate a motor vehicle on our nation’s street and highways, to equip students with the knowledge to enable them to make wise decisions as drivers, and to assist students to become responsible users of the highway transportation system. The program of study includes cognitive development relating to traffic laws and ordinances, traffic signs, signals and markers, natural laws, fuel conservation, and vehicle restraint systems. Also included are the physical, psychological, and legal aspects, effects, and consequences of the use of alcohol and drugs as related to the driving of a motorized vehicle. Instruction is provided to develop the perceptual and psychomotor skills required for basic control of the vehicle, lane changing, passing, following, entering and exiting from traffic, driving in cities/towns, on rural and urban roads and freeways, responding to emergencies, various road and weather conditions, defensive driving techniques, driving without distraction, and interaction with pedestrians and other highway users including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and trucks. The program emphasizes strategies to develop the behavior patterns known as the Search, Identify, Predict, Decided, and Execute Process (SIPDE).
Josh Grant, Coordinator
Office of Middle & Secondary Learning, Building 6, Room 603, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330