Driving is the number one health risk for teenagers. Consequently, in Virginia most classroom driver education courses are offered as part of 10th grade health education. A few schools, however, offer a 90-hour semester elective course. Driver education is a comprehensive course that covers a variety of traffic-safety and driver-related information, such as the basic rules of the road, vehicle dynamics, managing time and space, purchasing and insuring a vehicle, reading a map, using GPS, and interacting with other roadway users. 

Upon successful completion of a classroom driver education course students will receive a Certificate of Completion, also referred to as a DEC-1 (green card) or DEC-District 8 (pink card).  You will need a “green or pink card” indicating successful completion of driver education (online) classroom instruction to be eligible to take in-car driving instruction.

To get a copy of the 90-minute parent/teen driving presentation, which will introduce you to the behind-the-wheel driving experience, and many more resources, go to http://www.safeteendriving.org.

Learning good driving skills are important for you to transition from school-to-work. Without a driver’s license, getting to a job will be a challenge. A good in-car driver education teacher is like a good coach – you learn a lot, build confidence, and develop the skills you need to be successful. In time, getting from place to place quickly and easily affects a person’s upward socio-economic mobility as well. In other words, if you can’t get to your place of work or to run your errands, go to interviews, or secure affordable housing perhaps in a city far away, your choices will be dramatically affected or reduced.

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