Driving in California
California being the most populous state in America has the most numbers of drivers as well. In order to make driving a safe experience for all, the state has regulated traffic, issuance of driver licenses, car registration and other related matter through legislation. Therefore, it is mandatory for the teenage drivers to enroll in a driving course in order to obtain a driver’s license.
California Drivers Ed
In the state of California, courses in Drivers’ Ed or education are offered by three entities: public schools, private schools and professional driving schools. Drivers’ Ed curriculum in the public/private schools is approved by the Department of Education while professional driving schools are licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The state of California requires that those under the age of 18 must complete one of the following driver training courses:
- 50 hours of supervised driving practice, including 10 hours of driving during darkness
- 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel training
- 25 hours of classroom instruction
These courses are designed to better prepare a student for the written test and as well as for the behind-the-wheel test.
California Mature Driver Program
The state does not only provide driving assistance to its teenagers but adults as well. The Mature Driver Program is specifically designed for 55 and older drivers. It is an eight-hour course which is offered by the DMV approved course providers. Those who have successfully passed the course may be eligible for lower insurance premiums.
California Drivers Ed Curriculum
Driving courses cover the following topics:
- Driving responsibilities
- Alcohol and drugs
- Sharing the road
- Accidents, causes and prevention
- Safe driving techniques
- Vehicle systems
- Issuance of license
- Motor vehicle registration
- Road signs and traffic signals
- Driving during inclement weather
- Human physical and psychological issues
Once a prospective has successfully passed his/her drivers ed class, he/she has a better chance of passing both the written and behind-the-wheel tests.