Driver Education Syllabus

              Coach Burns                         Sardis H.S. Drivers Ed.                      http://www.ecboe.org/sardis

Class Rules & Grading Policy:          256- 593-5221                                     shannon_burns@ecboe.org

                                                                                                                       

DO:

  1. Be courteous and respectful of teacher, fellow students, and their property. (Do not prowl through anything that belongs to someone else without permission.)
  2. Be on time seated and ready to work when the bell rings.(pencils are to be brought and/or sharpened before the bell tardy bell rings, not when we begin to work.)
  3. Be prepared for class! (paper and pen/ pencil every day. You will not be allowed to leave class for materials after the tardy bell has rung. I will keep up with times not prepared for class. 
  4. Complete and turning assignments on time. Work not completed in class should be completed for homework and turned in at the beginning of the next class period.
  5.  Turn in your work not that of someone else. Cheaters will receive a zero.
  6. Make sure that your desk and the area around it is clean before leaving the room.

 

DO NOT:

  1. Talk, sing, make noises, or leave your seat without permission.
  2. Eat, drink, chew gum, or use of tobacco.
  3. Sleep or “rest your eyes”.
  4. Prepare work for another class. It will be taken up and thrown away.
  5. Write, read or pass notes.
  6. Ask to use the phone, go to your locker or to another room- the answer is no.
  7. Deface or abuse school property. This includes books, desks, computers, or the drivers ed car. 

 

Absences:

All absences and tardies will be recorded. It is your responsibility to have absences excused. You cannot makeup any work with an unexcused absence. When you are absent YOU are responsible for finding out what you missed.   If you miss only the day a test was given or the day an assignment was due, you will be expected to take the test or turn in the assignment the day you return. You must complete it within 3 school days.

 

Tardies to Class:

Students are expected to be in their seat ready to begin work when the tardy bell rings. A discipline report will be turned in when a student has 4 tardies to class.

 

Grading Policy:

Classroom and driving assignments will be counted as daily points. The total number of points the student has is divided by the total number of points possible to give the nine week total grade. To keep up with student grades, always check on school website under INOW.  (http://www.ecboe.org/sardis).  All plans of instructions, lesson plans, and other course information can be found at the same website under my page on the same website or at http://alex.state.al.us/browseDriver.php   or https://www.alsde.edu/home/Sections/DocumentDownload.aspx?SectionID=92&FileName=Driver%20and%20Traffic%20Safety%20Education%20Curriculum%20Manual.doc

 

Fees:

There will be a drivers fee in the amount of $40  charged to each and every student enrolled in the class. This includes students who are already 16 or older with a license.  (some students take class just to get discount on insurance/ boating license, etc)  If the fee is not paid, then the student will not receive credit for the course and will not get the yellow card   

 

Course information-

*You must have your learners permit before you can drive the drivers ed car.

*Taking this course does not mean that everyone will pass or be able to receive the yellow card. Depending on discretion of Coach Burns and at the end of the course, some students will be eligible to take the 3rd party exam.  The test will be given no more than 3 times to each student.  When/ and if you pass the 3rd party driving test with a perfect score (must be 16, with 6 months with the learners license) then you will be able to apply for your drivers license at the DMV. 

*If you turn 16 during the semester in which you are enrolled in Drivers Ed, there is no guarantee that you will receive the yellow card before your birthday.  Mr. Burns will try his best to work with everyone but most 3rd party exams are given at the end of the semester, so that everyone can receive the required driving and instructional time. 

 

*The above rules and policies have been explained to me and I understand Mr. Burns’ rules.

 

Student: _________________________________________________                           Date: ____________________

Driver and Traffic Safety Education Course (2007)
Grade(s): 10 - 12
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1.) Explain requirements for obtaining an Alabama Learner License and an Alabama Driver License, including any restrictions.

•  Identifying individuals who may not be licensed
•  Listing costs for obtaining and requirements for renewing various types of licenses
•  Explaining the Alabama Graduated Driver License law
•  Identifying the difference between suspension, revocation, and cancellation of driving privileges
•  Explaining the difference between driving as a privilege versus driving as a right
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2.) Describe Alabama's basic speed law.

•  Comparing statutory, posted, and advisory speed limits
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3.) List situations that require drivers to bring vehicles to a complete stop.

Examples: approaching a school bus displaying red flashing lights and stop signal arm, exiting private property or parking lots, turning right on red, approaching a flagman directing traffic

•  Describing legal requirements and safe driving practices concerning school and church buses
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4.) Name situations that require drivers to yield right-of-way.

Examples: approaching and entering intersections, making left turns, entering highways, approaching railroad grade crossings, encountering emergency vehicles

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5.) Describe traffic signs and pavement markings that regulate various passing situations.

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6.) Identify traffic signs, traffic signals, and pavement markings as basic types of traffic controls.

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7.) Interpret Alabama's Safety Belt and Child Restraint laws.

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8.) Explain requirements mandated by the Alabama Department of Public Safety regarding motor vehicle registration and the Mandatory Liability Insurance Act.

Examples: storing vehicle tag receipt and proof of vehicle liability insurance in the driving compartment

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9.) Identify responsibilities of owning and operating a vehicle, including factors involved in purchasing a vehicle, purchasing insurance, and maintaining a vehicle.

Examples:

- purchasing vehicle--fuel economy, financing

- purchasing vehicle insurance--costs, types of coverage

- vehicle maintenance--checking fluid levels, tire pressure, tire tread depth, and condition of belts

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10.) Describe proper procedures for pre-starting, starting, and stopping a vehicle.

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11.) Explain basic maneuvers of driving, including steering, braking, passing, lane changing, merging, parking, signaling, and turning.

Examples:

- steering--hand-over-hand, push-pull-feed

- braking--anti-lock brakes versus conventional brakes

- parking--uphill with or without a curb, downhill with or without a curb, angle, perpendicular, parallel

- turning--right, left, three-point

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12.) Explain defensive driving techniques, including the Smith System and the search, identify, predict, decide, and execute (SIPDE) process.

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13.) Analyze data regarding inexperienced drivers and traffic collisions.

•  Evaluating the negative impact of peer influence on youthful drivers
•  Explaining the relationship between speed and traffic fatalities
•  Identifying distractions that result in inattention while driving
Example: using cellular telephones while driving

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14.) Explain how alcohol and other drugs affect driving ability.

•  Identifying prescription and nonprescription drugs as the two general types of drugs
•  Explaining the synergistic effect of alcohol and other drugs
•  Explaining Alabama's driving under the influence (DUI) law, including levels of influence, consequences, implied consent, actual physical control, and zero tolerance
•  Describing effects of emotional and physical short-term impairments on driving
Examples:

- emotional--anger causing aggressive driving or road rage, extreme sadness causing lack of attention to driving

- physical--suffering from illness, injury, fatigue

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15.) Describe driver responsibilities toward other highway users, including pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and drivers of commercial vehicles and buses.

Examples: recognizing locations where other highway users may appear, recognizing rights of other highway users, anticipating actions of other highway users, locating "no zone" areas of large vehicles, analyzing stopping distances for large vehicles

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16.) Identify dangerous driving situations that may occur on rural roads and urban streets.

Examples:

- rural roads--unfenced animals, slow-moving farm equipment, off-road vehicles

- urban streets--parked cars, pedestrians, one-way thoroughfares

•  Describing correct procedures for entering and exiting limited and controlled access highways
•  Describing correct procedures to follow when confronted with road emergencies and collisions
Examples:

- emergencies--tire failure, engine overheating, engine failure, objects in roadway, hydroplaning

- collisions--head-on, side-impact, rear-end

•  Explaining proper procedures for reporting traffic accidents
Examples: driver responsibilities, witness responsibilities

•  Explaining methods to minimize risks during ideal conditions, adverse road conditions, and periods of reduced visibility
Examples: increasing following distance, using headlights, cleaning windshield often, reducing speed

•  Explaining safe procedures for approaching and driving through various railroad grade crossings
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17.) Describe appropriate behavior to be used when detained by a law enforcement officer.

Examples: keeping hands in full sight, remaining in vehicle, avoiding sudden movements, displaying proper demeanor

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18.) Explain how nature affects the ability to properly control a vehicle.

Examples: sudden gust of wind causing vehicle to swerve, fog causing reduced visibility

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19.) Describe Alabama's boating laws, basic vessel operation, required boating equipment, and possible hazards involved in safe and responsible boating.

•  Defining marine terminology
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20.) Demonstrate proficiency in basic vehicle control in a variety of environments.

Examples: demonstrating proper procedures for right and left turns, turnabouts, angle and perpendicular parking, parking and starting on a hill; safely negotiating controlled and uncontrolled intersections, lane changes, passing, merging

•  Demonstrating proficiency in the use of controls, devices, and gauges located in the driving compartment
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Grade(s): 10 - 12
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21.) Demonstrate defensive driving skills using the Smith System and the SIPDE process.