Behind the Wheel Program

A typical Behind-the-Wheel Program will cover:

  • The requirements for Behind-the-Wheel
  • How students are scheduled for in-car instruction
  • When, where, and how students can practice behind-the-wheel skill sets
  • Safe driving attitudes, skill development and appropriate responses to hazards.
  • Traffic laws and safe driving practices. As you know, breaking the “rules of the road” is the major cause of collisions. You need to do more than just obey the rules, however. You must also care for the safety of other drivers, including motorcyclists and bicyclists.
  • The importance of being predictable – doing what other people using the road expect you to do. You will understand why it’s important to be courteous. Courteous driving means giving other drivers space to change lanes, not cutting them off, and properly signaling your turns and lane changes. In fact, Virginia driving laws are based on old-style rules of courtesy.
  • No other hazard or behavior comes close to claiming as many teen lives as driving. Approximately 60 teens die each year in car crashes in Virginia.

Driver education and behind the wheel could also be called a collision avoidance course because you will drive around, practicing safe driving techniques and developing safe driving behaviors.

You will learn about risks, be able to see dangerous situations before they happen, and respond quickly and effectively to prevent collisions. This is called defensive or strategic driving. You will learn to see dangerous situations before they happen, how to drive strategically, and when and how to respond quickly and effectively to prevent crashes.

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