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Online Course Procedural Protocol

Online Course Procedural Protocol

The online course will consist of thirty (30) hours of Drivers Training or more corresponding with the Pennsylvania Performance Expectations for Driver Education and The BMarc School of Driving.
  • Students will be responsible for completion of the course within three months of starting.
  • Any questions concerning the class can be directed to 412-956-0222.
  • The on-line course will operate under the following procedural protocols:
The course will be offered to residents 16 years or older in the State of Pennsylvania.
  • Proof of student identification will be required prior to taking the final examination.  (Exp. High School or College Photo ID, Junior Driver’s License, Birth Certificate with Picture, Work Photo ID), are acceptable.
  • A monetary fee of $125 will be charged to your credit card. (See payment agreement for tuition costs.)  Payment in full is required prior to starting the course. 
  1. Introduction to Driving
    1. Understand the purpose of driver education
    2. Describe the basic components of a “Driver Ed” course
  2. Driving is a privilege
    1. Understand why driving is a privilege, not a right.
    2. Understand why it is important for you to be courteous as a driver.
    3. Understand the importance of being emotionally, physically, and mentally fit to drive.
  3. The Highway transportation System
    1. Understand what the Highway Transportation System is.
    2. List the three main classifications of roadways.
    3. Identify who is responsible for enforcing traffic laws.
  4. The Driver and Driving Task
    1. Defensive-Driving Skills
    2. Understand what defensive driving is.
    3. Describe the essential skills you need for defensive driving.
  5. Managing Time, Space, and Visibility
    1. Understand the importance of following distance and space cushioning.
    2. Describe the “three-second rule.”
    3. Describe how large your space cushion should be.
    4. Describe ways to deal with tailgaters.
    5. Describe ways to make yourself known to others on the roadway.
  6. The SAFE Method
    1. Explain what “SAFE” stands for.
    2. List the sequence of the orderly visual search pattern.
    3. Describe the purpose of each step on the safe process.
    4. S.I.P.D.E. Search, Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute 
  1. The Physical Condition of the Driver
    1. Describe permanent physical conditions that can limit your ability to drive safely.
    2. Describe the four main components of vision.
    3. Describe temporary physical conditions that can limit your ability to drive safely.
    4. Understand how you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  2. The Mental Condition of the Driver
    1. Understand how your mental condition impacts your ability to drive safely.
    2. Understand how to avoid becoming a victim of road rage.
    3. Describe activities you should avoid while driving.
  3. Vehicle Instrumentation
    1. Identify the gauges and warning lights on a typical instrument panel.
    2. Understand what might cause the temperature and oil-pressure warning lights to come on.
    3. Understand what an alternator does.
  4. Operating Devices
    1. Describe the different types of exterior lights found on most motor vehicles.
    2. Identify the three settings on a typical headlight switch.
    3. Know how to properly adjust mirrors.
    4. Know what blind spots are and why they exist.
    5. Identify vehicle controls, windshield wipers, turn signals, climate controls, etc) 
  5. Understand why seat position is important to driving.
  6. Identify the controls found on both automatic and manual transmission vehicles.

WAYS TO ASSESS WHETHER EXPECTATIONS WERE MET
  • Teacher observation and assessment of student discussions and reporting.
  • Quiz/Vocabulary words.
  1. Starting the Engine and Engaging the Transmission 
    1. Identify the different gears on an automatic and manual transmission.
    2. Describe how to engage an automatic and manual transmission
    3. Describe how to shift gears on a manual transmission.
    4. Understand what precautions you should take when putting your vehicle in motion on a hill.
  2. Steering 
    1. Understand how steering is different from turning.
    2. Describe the two basic steering methods.
  3. Backing up 
    1. Describe the proper procedure for backing up.
    2. Understand what precautions you should take when backing up to the left or right.
  4. Parking 
    1. Identify the four main types of parking.
    2. Describe the proper procedure for entering and exiting a parallel parking space.
    3. Understand how you should turn your wheels when parking on hills.
  5. Physical Laws Affecting Driving 
    1. Understand the importance of gravity as it relates to driving.
    2. Describe the factors that affect vehicle traction.
    3. Understand the importance of inertia as it relates to driving.
    4. Understand why it is better to collide with a soft object than a hard one.
  6. Negotiating Curves 
    1. Understand what centrifugal force is.
    2. Understand the importance of center of gravity and negotiating curves.
    3. Understand the difference between banked and crowned roads.
  7. Braking 
    1. Describe the proper way to brake under normal conditions.
    2. Understand what an antilock braking system is.
    3. Describe the three factors that determine stopping distance.
  8. Speed Limits 
    1. Describe the purpose of maximum and minimum speed limits.
    2. Know what the basic speed law is.
  1. Traffic Signs
    1. Understand the meaning of different colors in traffic signs.
    2. Identify signs that have their own distinctive shapes
  2. Traffic Signals 
    1. Explain what you do at a red light, yellow light, and green light.
    2. Understand how signal arrows control traffic.
    3. Understand what a metered on-ramp is.
  3. Roadway Markings, Lanes, and Painted Curbs
    1. Understand how white and yellow lines are used on roads to control traffic.
    2. Identify special lanes with distinctive roadway markings.
    3. Understand how different colors are used to regulate parking at curbs and parking stops.
    4. Understand the purpose of raised pavement.
  4. Intersections 
    1. Understand the difference between a controlled and semi-controlled intersection.
    2. Understand the proper way to approach an uncontrolled intersection.
    3. Describe some of the hazards associated with alleys, traffic circles, and parking lots.
  5. Right-of-Way 
    1. Understand what right-of-way is.
    2. Understand what the right-hand rule is.
  6. Railroad Crossings 
    1. Understand the difference between a controlled and uncontrolled railroad crossing.
    2. Understand the proper procedure for crossing railroad tracks.
  1. Turning Basics
    1. Understand the difference between a protected and unprotected turn.
    2. Understand the proper way to prepare for a left or right turn.
  2. Left Turns 
    1. Understand the proper way to execute a left turn.
    2. Describe some of the special dangers of left turns.
  3. Right Turns 
    1. Understand the proper way to execute a right turn.
    2. Describe some of the special dangers of right turns.
  4. Reversing Your Direction
    1. Understand the proper way to execute a two-point turn.
    2. Understand the proper way to execute a U-turn.
    3. Understand the proper way to execute a three-point turn.
  5. City Driving Environment 
    1. Understand the importance of scanning ahead and reducing speed in city driving.
    2. Understand the difference between riding and covering the brake.
  6. Lane Positioning 
    1. Understand why lane positioning is important in city driving.
    2. Understand the proper way to change lanes.
    3. Describe the advantages and risks of using one-way streets.
  7. Passing 
    1. Understand the proper way to pass another vehicle.
    2. Describe some of the dangers of passing on urban roadways.
  8. Rural Driving Environment 
    1. Understand what makes rural roads and intersections dangerous.
    2. Understand the proper way to enter, cross, and exit a divided highway.
  9. Defense Driving on Highways 
    1. Understand the importance of scanning ahead and reducing speed in rural driving.
    2. Describe some of the dangers of passing on highways.
  10. Other dangers of Highway and rural Driving
    1. Understand what velocitation and highway hypnosis are.
    2. Understand what you should do if you encounter a slow-moving vehicle or wild animals on the road.
Lesson XIII and IV
  1. Describe the purpose of safety belts and air bags.
    1. Describe the purpose of safety belts and air bags.
    2. Understand the proper way to wear safety belts.
  2. Blowouts and Flat Tires 
    1. Understand what to do if your vehicle has a blowout.
    2. Understand how to replace a flat tire.
  3. Mechanical Failures 
    1. Understand what to do if your vehicle breaks down on a freeway.
    2. Understand what to do if your brakes fail.
    3. Understand the proper way to jump-start a dead battery.
  4. Skids 
    1. Describe the four types of skids.
    2. Understand the proper way to respond to a skid.
  5. Other Emergencies 
    1. Understand what to do if you get trapped in deep water.
    2. Understand what to do if your car is on fire.
    3. Understand what precautions you can take to avoid being the victim of a car jacking.

Lesson XV
  1. Alcohol and Other Drugs 
    1. Understand what determines a person’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC.)
    2. Describe the physiological effects of alcohol.
    3. Understand how alcohol affects judgment.
    4. Understand what happens when drugs are combined.
  2. Preventing Drunk Driving 
    1. Describe the role of peer pressure in driving under the influence.
    2. Understand how to avoid drunk drivers on the road.
  3. DUI and the Law 
    1. Understand what it means to be charged with DUI or DWI.
    2. Understand what the implied consent law is.
    3. Understand what administrative per se laws are.
    4. Describe the possible penalties for a DUI conviction.
OTHER TOPICS TO BE COVERED 
  • Licensing Process, purpose of a driver’s license.
  • Purpose of a learner’s permit, junior license, senior license.
  • Insuring your vehicle, financial responsibility, deductible, and different types of insurance coverage.  
  • Pennsylvania Point system, discussion on laws, suspension and revocation.
  • Buying and selling vehicles, new opposed to used, precautions you should take before buying a used vehicle. 
  • Preventive maintenance, check exterior of vehicle, check fluids under hood, proper care of car finish.
  • Knowing who to trust your car to (mechanic) for repairs.
  • Safety and security devices.  
  • Road trips, map reading, check in points.