The Driver Education system in America has a purpose and a role in the process for teaching teenagers how to drive.
The three most significant benefits are:
- Introduces teens to basic vehicle operation
- Teaches teens the rules of the road
- Prepares teens for passing the licensing exam at the DMV
Basic vehicle operation introduction
Vehicle operation can be confusing and somewhat unnatural for anyone who has never driven a car. There are knobs, levers, switches, pedals, mirrors and a steering wheel that all must be adjusted, pressed or turned at some point while driving. The first benefit of Driver’s Education is to familiarize new drivers with the control systems of their car.
Rules of the Road
Driver’s Education teaches new drivers the rules of the road and sign recognition. This is critical to a driver’s safety. Knowing proper lane positioning, lane change procedures, how to enter or exit a freeway and being able to recognize signs that signify conditions or dangers for which a driver must prepare for are fundamental to the vehicle control and operation.
Driver’s License Exam
Lastly, Driver’s Education prepares new drivers to pass the licensing exam and obtain their driver license. Just as SAT scores are used by college administrators to determine a persons readiness for college, what is learned through the Driver Education program is used by the DMV to determine a teens readiness to drive. This preparation has proven successful by increasing the number of new drivers passing the DMV test on the first attempt rather than failing and having to retake it at a later date.