PA Laws and Regulations
- Place emphasis on interacting with signage, signals, road markings, laws as they relate to responsible driving, and the licensing process.
- Utilize the
Supporting Material that accompany the Enhanced Program Guide for Driver Education.
- Students should have a comprehensive understanding of the rules of the road, and their responsibilities as members of the highway system.
Knowledge of Vehicle Operations
- Students should be able to demonstrate the proper pre and post trip procedures.
- Students need to be familiar with all instruments, controls, and vehicle technology, as well as their location, purpose, and function.
- Incorporate essential skills numbers 3, 4, 5, 7, and 14.
Perceptual Skills Development
- Emphasize the importance of paying attention to the task of driving specifically visual field, scanning, Stop, Think & Go, perception.
- Devote time to searching path of travel.
- Utilize the supporting materials
Perceptual Skill Development and Scanning that accompanies the Enhanced Program Guide.
Decision Making/Risk Reduction
- Students need to be able to identify the steps for reducing distractions and making good, logical, safe decisions.
- Emphasize that a distraction is described as anything that causes the driver to take their eyes off the road, take their hands off the wheel or take their attention away from driving.
- Students should be aware that PA. GDL requires the novice driver to practice drive a minimum of 10 hours in nighttime and a minimum of 5 hours in inclement conditions.
- Emphasis on essential skills 11 and 12.
- Students should be able to identify the dangers of vehicle malfunctions.
- Students should be able to identify how to properly respond to vehicle malfunctions.
Influences on Driving Performance
- Emphasis needs to be placed on the dangers of DUI, DUID, and driving when taking OTC and prescribed medications including marijuana and CBD.
- Students need to be aware of the PA zero tolerance laws.
- Do not overlook the effects of fatigue on driving.
- Because these expectations are omitted from the performance component, extra emphasis needs to be placed on the importance and dangers associated with this section.
14.1 A, B, C: Incorporate the 14 essential driving skills through all phases of instruction.
14.2 A, B, C, D, E: Continue emphasis on specific essential skills.
14.3 A, B, C, D:
Emphasize essential skills 2, 6, 8, 9.
14.4 A, B, C, D, E, F, G: Emphasize the dangers of driving distracted. Emphasize the importance of making good, sound, safe decisions.
14.5 A, B, C, D: Emphasize the essential skills 10, 11, 12
14.6 A, B, C, D, E, F, G: Extended emphasis needs to be placed on these expectations. Because these expectations are omitted from the performance component, it does not prohibit discussion regarding the dangers of this section from taking place during the behind-the-wheel phase.