Traffic Safety Curriculum 2012-2013
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  Curriculum for Traffic Safety/Driver Education  - Concepts that your child should
have when they complete the Driver Education Course.
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1. Pennsylvania Laws and Regulations: PA licensing procedures (Ch. 1 PA Driver's Manual), signs, signals, and pavement markings (Ch. 2. PADM), and safe driving laws (Ch. 3, 4, 5 PADM).2. Knowledge of Vehicle Operations: pre-trip inspection outside of vehicle (go outside and check tires, wipers, inspection, and registration stickers, VIN, wiper fluid, oil), pre-trip preparation inside the vehicle (in classroom - discuss seat adjustments, mirror adjustments, and steering wheel adjustments Ch. 3 PADM), modern vehicle technology (ABS, air bags, stability control, GPS), and basic driving skills (Ch. 3 PADM)
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3. Perceptual Skills Development: perception as a mental process (IPDE process), visual search categories (Zone Control System and Smith System Ch. 4 textbook and space cushion Ch. 3 PADM), traffic situations and avoidance strategies (power point slides and videos - what is the biggest hazard, etc.), and the need for divided visual and mental attention (IPDE).4. Decision Making/ Risk Reduction: models of decision making (IPDE process), concerns when sharing the roadway (trucks, busses, bicycles, horse and buggy, tractors, etc. Ch. 3 PADM), emotional effects on driving decisions (peer pressure, aggression, etc.), characteristics of the aggressive driver (Ch. 3 PADM), appropriate responses to the aggressive driver (Ch. 3 PADM), driver distractions and the appropriate responses (PSA project - cell phones, iPods, food, people, etc.), and consequences of the high risk driver actions and human error (CH. 4 driver record information PADM)
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5. Driving Conditions: hazardous conditions and their effects (video and power point of adverse weather conditions and Ch. 3 PADM), challanges of night driving and appropriate responses (Ch. 3 PADM), dangers of vehicle malfunctions (engine failure, brake failure, Ch. 3 PADM), and dangers of sudden emergencies (off-road recovery, flooded roadways, skids, Ch. 3 PADM)6. Influences Upon Driver Preformance: legal aspects of alcohol, and other drugs (Ch. 4 PADM), factors that influence individuals to use alcohol and other drugs (Ch. 4 PADM), driving under the influence (Ch. 4 PADM), physiological and pyschological effects of drugs (Ch. 13 Textbook), effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving performance (Ch. 13 Textbook), and types of fatigue and how to combat their effects (Ch. 3 PADM drowsy driving).
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10th Grade Driver Education