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Florida Drivers Ed

Our systematic and progressive approach utilizes the latest trends in driver training. The program is available in multiple formats: text, interactive CD-Rom, or internet.

The curriculum is built in seven levels. Each level contains two parts. Part one is classroom and part two is driving. The student must pass the classroom and driving activities at each level before graduating to the next level. Our concurrent training outline is easy to follow and allows students to practice and retain what they have learned.

For your convenience, you only have to send in coursework at the completion of all seven levels. Send us your evaluations and logs for review; books and CDs are yours to keep.

We have added over 25 full length modern videos to our online video library. All packages include access to this extensive video collection. No other driver ed program in the United States can compare.

Understanding Car Crashes is one of many example of the types of videos included in our program.


Part 1: Drivers Ed Discovery Group

The discovery group in each level begins at home with reading material provided in the student manual. Once the student has read the material, he will take a written test provided in the driver education manual or online program.

In addition to the reading material, the student will accrue class hours by participating in "additional activities." These projects, such as tire rotation, oil changes, current events research, etc., give the student "hands on" experience and make the discovery group learning more practical and less theoretical. We are constantly updating our video library. Each level will require the student to watch videos that are associated to that particular level. Young Drivers and Understanding Car Crashes are both examples of the quality of films that we have to offer.

The student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of driver education, and achieve a score of 90% or more to qualify for our completion certificate. No exceptions.

Part 2: Behind-the-Wheel

Phase two of each level is driving. Your student will gradually increase in skill, experience, and driving maturity while progressing from one level to the next. Each level directs you step-by-step through a progressive and systematic process of driver training.

We also include "Things to Emphasize" and "Things to Watch For." These sections in the parent's manual help you to identify when your teenager is likely to be nervous, inattentive, or overconfident and prepare you to handle the situation. Our driving evaluation sheets allow you to objectively assess your student's performance.

Performance based evaluation equips you, the parent, to confidently graduate your teen from one level to the next. You and your teen will know when to progress forward. You will be surprised and excited as you witness your teen's maturity, skill, experience, and progress.

Statistics have proven the value of ensuring your teen has spent enough time training. Our driving logs give you a simple form to record all of the information you need while tracking your teen's training.


Graduated Driver Licensing

What is GDL? Graduated Driver Licensing is a system for phasing in on-road driving, allowing beginners to get their initial experience under conditions that involve lower risk and introducing them in stages to more complex driving situations.

HammertimeWhat is Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)? Essentially an apprentice system, graduated licensing involves three stages. the first is a supervised learner's period, lasting a minimum of 6 months in optimal systems, then an intermediate licensing phase that permits unsupervised driving only in less risky situations, and finally a full-privilege license becomes available when conditions of the first two stages have been met.

Within this framework, substantial variation is possible in terms of the provisions of the stages and their duration. This variation often has created difficulty for jurisdictions that are constructing a graduated system. Policymakers need to know what features their system should include and what the characteristics should be.



Florida Graduated Driver Licensing

Florida was one of the first states to recognize the dangers driving poses to teenagers. Teen drivers’ lack of experience often leads to traffic accidents that may result in the loss of life.

On July 1, 1996, Florida adopted the main elements of the Graduated Drivers License law. The law addresses the issue of the high accident rate among teenagers by introducing the step-by-step process of obtaining a drivers license. Statistics show us the clear benefits of this approach. 1997 saw a 9 percent reduction in fatalities and injury crashes for the drivers between the ages of 15 and 17 in Florida. The Graduated Drivers License law in Florida is very similar to corresponding laws in other states.

A teenager who wants to apply for the license is required to go through a few phases, learning the compulsory driving skills and gaining experience before proceeding to the next stage. In Florida, there are two main steps teenagers have to go through: * Obtaining a learners license / learners permit * Obtaining a full drivers license A learners license allows teenagers to drive under supervision, but drivers are subject to the following requirements and limitations:

  • The teen driver holding a learners permit must have completed the Department of Motor Vehicle approved Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course.
  • The teen driver must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years or older at all times while driving.
  • For the first three months, the permit holder is restricted to daylight driving only.
  • After the first three months, the permit holder is allowed to operate a vehicle from 6 am to 10 pm.
  • The teenage driver is not allowed to drink and drive or drive while being under the influence.
  • The teenage driver must not commit any traffic offenses.
  • The student must receive at least 50 hours of supervised behind the wheel instruction from a licensed driver. Ten of these hours must be administered at night. If the student holds a permit for 12 months and meets all of the above requirements, he or she is eligible for the on-road test. Upon the successful completion of the test, the driver is issued an operators license / drivers license.


Florida Parent Taught Drivers Ed

Dr. Charles E. McDaniel 285 Wildwood Lane Boone, North Carolina 28607 828-264-3190

Historically driver education programs have been developed around 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction taught by school-based or commercial driver education teachers. When I, and some of you, learned to drive, these programs were not available so we were taught by our parents, older adults, and / or other family members. Today there are many communities where no driver education program is offered by the local school system or a commercial driving school. Unfortunately, in some of the communities where a formal driving education program is offered, the driver education program and the driving instructors are both inadequate and poorly trained as a result of lax or reduced standards adopted by the state. Fortunately, there are some school-based and/or commercial driving schools that offer quality instruction taught by competent driver education instructors.

In the last several years parent-taught driver education has emerged to fill the void where no formal driver education program was available. Some of these parent-taught programs fall into the same “poor” category as described above. I have examined some of the parent-taught driver education programs. One of the best of these programs is the National Driver Training Institute “Help For the Teenager Who Wants to Drive” program.

The NDTI Program meets the content standards established by ADTSEA and various State Agencies. The NDTI Program far exceeds the number of hours spent in the traditional 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction program. The NDTI Program provides a variety of current driver education videos for the students to watch. The NDTI Program also provides a classroom and a behind-the-wheel evaluation program that is more detailed than evaluations normally performed by driver education teachers in school based or commercial driving school programs. The turn around time on test and/or on-road evaluations is consistently much less with a greater percent of the test/evaluations reaching the parents. The NDTI Program has also reached back in time to the 1960’s and 1970’s for a resurrection of the “correlated and intergraded” organization of the driver education classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction.

In the 1960’s the Brevard County, Florida four-phase driver education program was developed around the “correlated and intergraded” format where students received short periods of classroom instruction (3-5 days) followed by simulation, range, and/or behind-the-wheel instruction for several days (5-10 days) etc., until each student had received 30 hours of classroom and 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training or its equivalent.

During this period of time there were several major research studies that utilized the “correlated and intergraded” approach to program organization:

  • The National Driver Education Study (DeKalb County, Ga) – Dr. Jack Weaver
  • Driving Range Study (Brevard County, Florida School ) – Dr. Richard Bishop
  • Four Phase Driver Education Study (Brevard County, Florida schools) – Dr. Tom Seals
  • Renton, Washington Model Driver Education Study (Renton, Washington) – Dr. Charles E. McDaniel
  • San Diego, Madison High School Model Drivers Education Study (San Diego, California) – Dr. Tom Seals and Dr. Charles E. McDaniel.

The NDTI “Help For the Teenager Who Wants to Drive” utilizes the “correlated and intergraded” organizational approach. Their approach spreads the driving over a longer period of time and is able to relate the classroom information more closely to the behind-the-wheel instruction. Also the times spent in behind-the-wheel instruction is a documented minimum 50 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. Current GDL programs, which provide for supervision driving instruction after successful completion of a high school based or a commercial driver education program, generally have very little or no required structure for the GDL experience. The NDTI Program provides both documented times and structure. Until steps are taken to build in required structure and documented time standards, serious consideration should be given to allowing quality parent taught driver education programs like the NDTI to be approved.

Sincerely, Dr. Charles McDaniel