Welcome to Driver's Ed Online Instruction at Weatherly!

Instruction for this course is provided by Defensive Driving Company, Inc.

There are 10 Modules and a Final Exam to complete in the Driver's Ed semester course. Here is the breakdown of courses by due dates:

Module One (119 pages) and Module Two (71 pages) are due by the first progress report.

Module Three (42 pages), Module Four ( 44 pages) and Module Five (43 pages) are due by the end of the first quarter of the semester.

Module Six (30 pages), Module Seven (58 pages) and Module Eight (67 pages) are due by the second quarter progress report.

Module 9 (52 pages), Module 10 (51 pages) and a Final Exam are due by the end of the second quarter of the semester.


Do's and Don'ts in the Driver's Ed Course:

  • Take the quizzes as many times as you need to in order to get 80% or higher, but every time you take a test, the scores are averaged so take your time preparing for the tests.
  • Quizzes and Tests must be taken during the school day
  • By week 2, at least two quizzes must be completed
  • For the first progress report, Module One and Two must be completed
  • For the first marking period in Driver's Ed, Modules One through Five must be completed
  • For the second progress report, Modules One through Eight must be completed
  • For the end of the semester, all ten modules must be completed and the final exam must be passed before a certificate will be given.

News for 2014-2015


To download a resource guide, visit Just Drive PA visit, http://www.justdrivepa.org/Traffic-Safety-Information-Center/Young-Driver/Teen-Resource-Guide/.

August – school bus safety
1. It’s that time when school buses are everywhere. If a school bus has its lights flashing and stop arm extended, you must stop. The only exception is if you are on the other side of a highway divided by a concrete barrier or grassy median. If you are following or traveling alongside a school bus, the law also requires you to stop at least 10 feet away. Learn more about the school bus stopping law and penalties for violations at www.JustDrivePA.com.

National Stop on Red Week August 2-8
2. Whether you are a teacher, a parent, a school bus driver or a partner in the transportation industry, it is important to assist in educating students about school bus safety. Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. To help the public better understand Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping law, PennDOT’s highway safety Web site, .JustDrivePA.com

now offers an interactive feature . Visit the sites Traffic Safety Information Center and click on the School Bus Safety link for further details.
3. In 2013, 44 U.S. children died after being left unattended in motor vehicles. Never leave your child alone in the car, no matter what the weather conditions. On a hot day, a child’s temperature heats up to 5 times faster than adults. This tragedy is 100 percent preventable, always look before you lock. Remember heat stroke kills.

September – seat belt/teen reminders
1. With the new school year in full swing, PennDOT is reminding young drivers and parents/caregivers alike of the state’s laws regarding child passenger safety. Drivers or passengers under 18 years of age must buckle up. Children under 8 years old must be properly restrained. This is a primary law, which means that police will pull you over, write you a ticket and if convicted, you’ll have to pay a fine. To learn about recommendations on child safety seats as well as the state’s law for wearing seat belts over age 18, visit JustDrivePA.com.

2. All drivers should be aware of fall driving hazards as October and November approaches. Wet leaves, fog, sun glare, and frost are only a few of those hazards. Hunting and mating season also causes deer to become more active. PennDOT reminds driver to remain aware to changing driving conditions and avoid distractions especially in unfamiliar surroundings. To learn more information on fall driving, visit JustDrivePA.com.

3. With school back in session, PennDOT, Buckle Up PA, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds teachers and students that a new Traffic Safety School Program “Sit Back- It’s Elementary” has been developed. The materials are designed to provide lifesaving messages to Elementary School Students and reduce the number of unnecessary traffic related injuries and deaths. For more information on the types of activities the program offers, visit pasafetyedu.org.

October – teen driver safety
1. Driving is a complex activity – it involves putting together multifaceted evaluations, split-second decision making and performing intricate maneuvers. As Oct. 20-26 marks National Teens Driver Safety Week, it’s important for teen drivers to develop and maintain the proper attitude about driving. Remember – driving is a privilege, not a right. And, it’s important for parents/guardians to start an open dialogue with their teen about safe driving skills before they turn 16, set a good example and consider establishing a parent /teen driving contract. A sample of this contract and more safety tips for teens and parents are available at JustDrivePA.com. The website also includes information on passenger and license requirements that went into effect in 2011, and are important reminders for parents and young drivers alike.

2. Getting your license is an exciting feeling, but should also be taken seriously by teens and their parents. Oct. 19-25 marks National Teen Driver Safety Week, and it focuses on reminding teens that driving is a privilege not a right. Parents are encouraged to create a safe driving contract between themselves than their teens. Samples can be printed out from JustDrivePA.com.

National School Bus Safety week is Oct. 19-23
Remind children and adults alike to walk safely! Check out PennDOT’s pedestrian safety videos:
https://youtu.be/-t2oX6zQEyU



November – seat belt safety (flying elephant)
1. While you are traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, make sure everyone from infants to grandparents is properly restrained. In a 30 mile per hour crash, an unrestrained adult is thrown with a force of 3½ tons – about the weight of an elephant. Click It or Ticket and avoid taking a flying elephant along for the ride. Learn more about Pennsylvania’s seat belt laws at www.JustDrivePA.com.


December – distracted driving
1. Are you guilty of texting or talking while driving? Research has shown that distraction from cell phone use while driving – either hand-held or hands-free – delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Remember that Pennsylvania law prohibits sending, reading or writing text-based communication on devices such as cell phones while driving. Visit JustDrivePA.com for more information.

2. Driving while under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol is on the rise. Common effects of drugged driving include: drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, and confusion. Be aware of the risks and make safe driving decisions. Whether it is a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5-ounce shot, they each constitute as one drink. A DUI can cost a driver much more than just a fine, a loss of license, and possibly a job. You can’t afford a DUI. For more information on impaired driving statistics and laws visit, JustDrivePA.com.


January – winter driving

1. Winter in Pennsylvania can mean rapidly changing weather and road conditions. If you don’t have to drive during a storm, don’t. If you have to drive, make sure you pack an emergency kit and drive appropriately for the conditions. Learn more about winter driving and what to pack in an emergency kit at JustDrivePA.com. Information on PennDOT’s operations, like how we treat different types of storms, and other winter facts, is available at www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.



2. Winter driving can be dangerous with the rapidly changing weather and road conditions. Make sure that your vehicle is prepared. Ensure that all your fluid levels are full, and that your lights, heater and defroster are working properly. During storms, interstates and expressways are PennDOT's primary focus and equipment may be redirected to these routes during significant winter events. Plow trucks will also be slowed when facing heavy precipitation or when many other vehicles are also on roadways. This means that during heavier storms, motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.



February – aggressive driving

1. Do you speed, run red lights or tailgate? If you answered yes to any of these, you may be an aggressive driver. Police across the state are cracking down on aggressive drivers, so slow down – save your money and your life. Learn more about aggressive driving at JustDrivePA.com.



2. If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips:

• Get out of their way and don't challenge them.

• Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact and ignore rude gestures.

• Don't block the passing lane if you are driving slower than most of the traffic.



3. While many people associate aggressive driving with road rage, they are two different behaviors. Road rage, which is a criminal offense, is often the result of aggressive driving behavior that escalates into an assault with a vehicle or other dangerous weapon. For more information on aggressive driving visit, JustDrivePA.com.

March – work zone safety
1. Work zones are starting to pop up across the state. The best thing you can do as a driver is slow down and pay attention when you pass through them. Expect the unexpected. More than 80 PennDOT employees have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1970. Let’s all get home safely. Get more work zone safety tips at JustDrivePA.com.


2. Each year when the weather improves, Pennsylvanians and travelers through the state can anticipate seeing many work zones. While PennDOT and its industry partners are busy improving the 40,000 miles of roadway and 25,000 bridges in its care, we urge motorists to keep safety in mind.

3. If you encounter our work zones, please keep the following tips in mind for your safety and the safety of highway workers.
• Drive the posted work-zone speed limit.
• Stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers.
• Turn on your headlights if signs instruct you to do so.
• Maintain a safe distance around vehicles. Don’t tailgate.
• Use four-way flashers when stopped or traveling slowly.
• Avoid distractions and give your full attention to the road.
• Always buckle up.
• Expect the unexpected.
• Be patient.

For more information visit the Work Zone Safety page on www.JustDrivePA.com

April – zero tolerance
1. Underage
drinking and driving both carry serious consequences for those under 21. Pennsylvania´s Zero Tolerance Law includes fines, license suspensions and even jail time for minors who drive impaired, consume, possess or transport alcohol, or lie about age to purchase alcohol. Adults who are convicted of knowingly and intentionally supplying minors with alcohol are also subject to fines and jail. More about the Zero Tolerance Law is available at JustDrivePA.com.

2. Pennsylvania´s Zero Tolerance Law carries serious consequences for those under 21 who are convicted of driving with any amount of alcohol in their blood. For example, those under 21 who are convicted of driving under the influence with a .02 blood alcohol content, or greater, face severe penalties, including a 12-to-18-month license suspension, 48 hours to six months in jail, and fines from $500 to $5,000.

3. A vehicle does not have to be involved in order for those under 21 to lose their driving privileges. It is against the law for an individual under the age of 21 to consume, possesses or transport alcohol, or lie about their age to obtain alcohol and carry a fake identification card. If convicted, the minimum penalties are a fine of up to $500, plus court costs; a 90-day license suspension for the first offense; a 1-year suspension for the second offense; and a 2-year suspension for the third and subsequent offenses. For more information please visit the Impaired Driving Page on www.JustDrivePA.com

It’s also Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Learn more at http://www.justdrivepa.org/Traffic-Safety-Information-Center/Distracted-Driving/.


May – National Youth Traffic Safety Month
1. You make choices every day – what to wear, what to eat, what TV show to watch, what songs to listen to on the radio. So, why not make the choice every day to be safe behind the wheel, to protect your safety and the safety of others? What would happen if you chose to speed, to talk or text on your cell phone, chose not to buckle your seat belt, or to drink and drive? Who would be left behind? Whose lives would you impact by making choices that could have devastating consequences? When behind the wheel, you’re in control of a lethal weapon, so make sure you always focus on the task at hand – driving safely. May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month – remember, buckling your seat belt takes like two seconds and that call or text can totally wait! And, let’s not forget the dangers of speeding, and drinking and driving. To help you make wise choices behind the wheel, visit the Young Driver section at http://www.justdrivepa.com/.

2. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16-24 year olds. Some key contributors to crashes involving teen drivers in Pennsylvania include driver inexperience, driver distractions, driving too fast for conditions and improper or careless turning. PennDOT offers numerous resources for young drivers, as well as parents and guardians, to help keep everyone safe on the road during this time. Try putting your phone in the back seat so that you aren’t tempted to text or call while driving, and be aware of the speeds you’re driving at. It only takes a moment for a crash to occur, so make sure to remain alert at all times. For more tips visit the Young Driver section on JustDrivePA.com.
It’s also National Bike Month – check out PennDOT’s series of bicycle and pedestrian safety videos for viewers of all ages at www.youtube.com/pennsylvaniadot.

June – summer driving
1. With the impending arrival of summer, now is a good time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the rigors of summer driving. Have it checked by a mechanic you trust and learn what you can do to get your vehicle in shape at www.dmv.state.pa.us.

2. With the school year ending across Pennsylvania, more people will be walking or riding their bikes for pleasure and exercise. Familiarize yourself with the PA Bicycle Drivers Manual by visiting justdrivepa.org/Resources/Bicycle-Guide.pdf. Additionally, check out PennDOT’s series of bicycle and pedestrian safety videos at youtube.com/pennsylvaniaDOT.




CAUTION - DEER ON THE ROADS!
Here is an article from the Reading Eagle, October 16, 2009 to help young drivers watch for deer and what to do if deer are on the road. There are also statistics of accidents involving deer both in Pennsylvania and Berks County! Check this article out at: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=161503

The 10 Deadliest Mistakes in Driving


http://autos.ca.msn.com/editors-picks/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=23520919


Free Resources for new drivers--and their nervous parents!
Drivingskillsforlife.com - Comprehensive site by Ford that teaches safety skills to newly licensed teens. Also coaching guide for parents!

Wrecked Roadbook - Video of young people sharing scary driving stories: [[http://farmers.com/wrecked_roadbook.html |farmers.com/wrecked_roadbook.html ]]
AAA's Teen Drivers section - Downloadable materials for parents to help kids become more adept behind the wheel: aaaexchange.com
Teendriving.com - Defensive-driving tips for teens, along with useful statistics and information.
allstateteendriver.com Students can earn prizes, play interactive games, create driving agreements with parents/students
teensdrivesmart.com videos about unexpected issues on the road, find out how to approach friends who are drinking
betterteendriving.com Tips for teens
toyotateendriver.com Intereactive road distraction challenge, test driving IQ (this site is not viewable on district network)
TeenDriving.AAA.com - This link will also open Keys2Drive

Driver's Education News:
"The Pennsylvania DUI ASsociation (PA DUI) has launched a campaign aimed at reducing underage drinking and driving across the commonwealth. Underage drinking and driving resulted in twenty-one percent (21%) of driver deaths in the 16 to 20 age group in 2007. The "U-Turn" campaign challenges 16 - 20 year-olds to "think again" and help eliminate life-changing and deadly behaviors due to driving under the influence." U-Turn, Think again.

Driver's Ed website....more than you think!! Head to www.mumma-driving-school.com

Gruesome Text While Driving Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E