School leaders and driver education teachers often push for in-car services offered at a reasonable cost. When good drivers hit the roadways, everyone in society benefits. If a school does not offer in-car instruction, the majority of the students in that community may never receive any formal instruction. They often have poorer driving skills, develop bad habits, and experience even higher crash rates.

This course replaces the standard high school driver’s education coursework.  After classroom instruction, students typically sign up for in-car instruction. In-car instruction is frequently offered before, during, or after school. Most programs are taught after school over a 7-day period. The driver education curriculum must meet the goals and objectives of the Virginia Standards of Learning, and instruction should be designed to progress from simple tasks to mastering more complex driving skills as well as effectively identifying and managing risks. 

At the end of your in-class study, you will sit for a two-part written exam, one on road signs, the other on driving skills and car basics. After successfully completing that, you must practice 45 hours behind-the-wheel (of which 15 must be after dark) with a parent or instructor so that you can qualify for a final in-car driving competency test. 

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