In order to understand what we are trying to accomplish in the classroom, we need to recognize that driving is not just a physical task, it is primarily a mental and a social task. The concept of the Driving Task can be summarized as follows:
Driving an automobile consists of making skilled and properly timed judgments and decisions. These decisions are, in turn, dependent upon previously acquired knowledge and the gathering of accurate information pertinent to the immediate traffic situation.
The objective of Driver Education is the safe and efficient transportation of people and goods from one place to another:
- To provide basic instruction in driving techniques, a knowledge of how to handle a car in special circumstances, environments and emergencies.
- To provide knowledge of local and state motor vehicle traffic laws and ordinances.
- To educate a far more knowledgeable driver who will know enough about highway safety to demand and support higher and higher standards.
Student Eligibility Requirements
As per § 17-24.2 of the Illinois School Code, each student must be at least fifteen (15) years of age, enrolled in high school and receive a passing grade in at least eight (8) classes during the previous two semesters prior to enrolling in a driver eduction course.
State of Illinois Time Requirements:
The State of Illinois also requires that students receive a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. In order for students to meet these requirements we have established the following policies: A student cannot be absent more than six times in the classroom or three times behind-the-wheel. Upon accumulating more than six classroom absences, more than six simulator absences, or a combination of both, or three BTW absences (Excused or Unexcused), the student will be dropped from the class.
In this class students should expect tests (18), quizzes, homework assignments, reports and a final examination.