Spring Valley High School’s Driver Education program is designed to help novice drivers develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become safe, low- risk, responsible drivers. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among high school students. The driving task is a thinking task. Therefore, an organized decision making process is necessary for drivers to manage the many risks they will encounter on the roadways.
The program of study includes cognitive development relating to traffic laws and ordinances, traffic signs, signals and markers, natural laws, fuel conservation and vehicle restraint systems. Also included are the physical, psychological, and legal aspects, effects, and consequences of the use of alcohol and drugs as related to the driving of a motorized vehicle. Instruction is provided to develop the perceptual and psychomotor skills required for basic control of the vehicle, lane changing, passing, following, entering and exiting from traffic, driving in cities/towns, on rural and urban roads and freeways, responding to emergencies, various road and weather conditions, defensive driving techniques, and interaction with other highway users including motorcycles, ATVs, and trucks.
Driver Education is one of the most important classes a high school student can complete. It provides hands-on real life learning skills necessary in today’s fast pace world. Upon completion, students will be issued a certificate from the West Virginia Department of Education. Most insurance companies recognize this toward a premium deduction.
Check out the link below for any questions concerning the West Virginia Department of Transportation. www.transportation.wv.gov
Instructor: James Caudill