Driver Education in Most States

In most states, driver education is a required step in obtaining a driver’s license. Driver education typically includes a combination of classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training, and covers topics such as:

  1. Traffic laws and regulations: This includes understanding the rules of the road, traffic signs and signals, and driving etiquette.
  2. Vehicle maintenance and safety: This includes understanding how to maintain your vehicle to ensure that it is safe to drive, such as checking tire pressure and changing oil.
  3. Defensive driving techniques: This includes learning how to anticipate and avoid potential hazards on the road, such as aggressive drivers and inclement weather.
  4. Hazard perception and risk management: This includes learning how to identify potential hazards and manage risk while driving.
  5. DUI and drug awareness: This includes learning about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the legal consequences of doing so.

Driver education programs may be offered through public or private schools, or through commercial driving schools. In many cases, completion of a driver education program is a requirement for obtaining a driver’s license, and may also be required for obtaining insurance discounts.

Most States driver education program is comprised of two components—a theoretical component and a practical component.  The theoretical component consists of a minimum of 30 hours of instruction, which teens can acquire either in a classroom environment or via the web through approved online courses.  The practical, or behind-the-wheel component, can be obtained under the supervision of a DMV licensed instructor.

There are two ways to complete each component, resulting in four methods of satisfying the driver education requirements

In the State of GA for example: A “30 and 6” driver education course is the traditional course consisting of at least 30 hours of instruction in a classroom environment and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training conducted by a certified instructor that coaches the student and observes his or her driving performance.

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