What is This Book and Curriculum?
This book is a parent's guide through that complicated journey from an unskilled, mobility dependent child to a competent, skilled and safe driver, perhaps the single most important how-to responsibility any parent undertakes in the lives of their children.
The contents of this book and the "how to" curriculum will help parents:
- Understand the requirements of licensing.
- Locate resources to make and execute a plan.
- Give their young driver the best chance at survival.
- Finish the job well and still have the child as a friend.
Sound daunting? For some it's easy. For others the journey can become a nightmare. That is why we created this program and the related materials... See table of contents and read this letter from the author...
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Driver's Ed and Safe Driving
Until the last decade or so the process of licensing new drivers was heavily influenced by something we have known for 60 years or more as "Drivers Ed," now all that has changed for the majority of parents. Since this is a states rights issue, the requirements for Graduated Licensing in each state vary and have evolved independently over recent decades. But three things are common, a learner's stage requiring a parent of licensed driver in the car at all times, an intermediate stage with restrictions on time of day, presence of passengers, etc., and finally the full, unrestricted license at age 18.
The fact is that the "Drivers Ed" component, the classroom teaching of "road rules and road signs" followed by in-car training is disappearing faster than wildlife habitat in our communities. In Florida, formal Drivers Ed is either no longer offered or is not a requirement for licensing for large numbers of new drivers. The variations are too numerous to list here but certainly the funding and focus on formal training is on the wane. Why?
The decline began in the 1980s with the conduct of and conclusions from a huge federal study called the Safe Performance Curriculum Study conducted in Georgia by the US Department of Transportation branch called the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency or NHTSA. It organized and observed performance of three large groups of new drivers. One group received standard training; a second group received a "Super" curriculum and the third group, no training. NO training?? Yes, the third group of students participated in no formal instruction. These groups were tracked for 3 years to see how often they crashed. At three months the bad news began to arrive. And in the end the overall conclusion was that driver education, as known at that time produced only a short-term advantage in crash rates over the simple learning curve of experience, more driving.
Graduated Licensing Laws
In the early 1990s NHTSA began to support a program called Graduated Licensing or GDL. This process, requiring significant changes in state licensing laws, placed on new drivers by age and /or experience certain restrictions on their independent use of a vehicle including at various stages the presence of an adult driver in the car, the hours of day and night operation and the number of passengers. All of this was designed to insure that during those months and years of gathering early experience the new driver would be prohibited from driving in those environments that have proven to be dangerous to their safe passage and to extend the supervision of driving by parents.
Some 48 states now have such laws. Evidence is clear that these restrictions have had a positive effect in reducing teen crashes (but not fatalities) at the restricted stages. This is at least partly due to the simple expedient of making the license more difficult to obtain and use and thereby reducing the number of licensees and their hours of driving. Plus there is the postponement of full driving independence. Obviously, no driving and/or more supervised driving at young ages are better than unsupervised driving.
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The New Driver Survival Guide is your source of an organized plan for securing your teen's license. And your source of peace of mind when you see how they quickly develop those critical car control skills required to survive emergency situations. And finally, the sense of pride you will have for this shared, successful journey to a safe driver.