Driver's Ed Syllabus

Olympic Heights Community High School

Driver Education Syllabus

Instructor: Mr. Scott O’Hara scott.ohara@palmbeachschools.org
Start: Registration October 2, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: 6-106
The class is limited to 40 students. First come first served basis. Additional students will wait-listed.
Class will meet on the following days:

October: 8, 10, 16, 18, 23, 25, 29, and 31
November: 7, 13, 15, 26, and 28
December: 4, 6, 10, and 12
January: 8, and 10

● Students must be a minimum of 15-years-old by the start of the course.
● Students must attend Olympic Heights Community High School.
● Course counts toward the elective graduation requirement.
● Students will receive up to six hours of behind the wheel driving (Free)
● Students can take the learner’s permit and drug and alcohol exams in class.
(Free)
● Students are allowed only two excused absences.
Description
This course introduces students to the highway transportation system and the
strategies which will develop safe, basic driving knowledge and skill related to our
mechanized society. It will provide an in-depth study of the scope and nature of
accident problems and their solutions.
Guest speakers from the community will be scheduled to talk about the dangers of
distracted driving.

Weeks 1-2 – Students will be taught drug and alcohol (D.A.T.E.) course information.
Instruction will be geared to pass the State Restricted License exam.
Students will learn safe and responsible strategies to make decisions and think
critically. Materials used: Florida Drivers Handbook and textbook Drive Right.

Weeks 3-4 – Students will learn about the driving task, signs, signals and roadway
markings, along with learning basic vehicle control and risk management with the
I.P.D.E. process.

Weeks 5-6 – Students will learn about driver condition and how to manage
distractions. Students will also learn how to become responsible drivers. We will
discuss emotions and driving and will also explore physical senses and driving with
physical disabilities.

Weeks 7-8 – Students will learn about controlling the vehicle, and natural laws such as
gravity, friction and traction. Students will also be taught how to execute maneuvers
such as steering, changing lanes, making turns, and parking. We will discuss
negotiating intersections (controlled and uncontrolled), determining right of way and
judging gaps.

Weeks 9 – 10 - Students will learn about sharing the roadway with motorcycles,
bicycles, mopeds, scooters, pedestrians and big trucks.
Students will learn how to handle emergencies such as brake failure collisions,
roadway hazards, and accident procedures.

Additionally - Students will learn the nuances of driving in urban traffic, rural areas,
and expressways, along with operating a vehicle in adverse conditions such as rain,
fog, snow, and reduced visibility. Pupils will also be taught vehicle maintenance and
financial responsibility (insurance) and go over fuel-saving tips and recycling ideas
which will be included on a Final Exam.
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