St. Michael Driving School Drivers Education Syllabus

Module 1 – Introduction to Driver’s Education: Intended to provide explanation of the driver’s education program content and expectations. The instructor will identify the basic elements of becoming a successful driver and provide an overview of the Massachusetts driver’s license and the license process.

Module 2 – Signs, Signals and Road Markings: Provides basic education on the concept of the transportation system and explains the road markings that new drivers must be able to read and understand in order to apply this information to a driving situation.

Module 3 – Understanding the Vehicle and Its Controls: Provides an orientation of the basic vehicle components and the control systems drivers must be familiar with in order to control a vehicle. The subject matter is intended to educate new drivers about the importance of understanding and effectively using vehicle components and to build routine habits necessary to being a safe driver.

Module 4 – Basic Driving Skills: Instructs students on the basic driving skills necessary to being driving. It is intended that all students learn the proven successful methods of operating a vehicle, navigating turns, moving and stopping, and incorporating the use of the necessary vehicle control and communication devices.

Module 5 –  Rules of the Road: Intended to teach students about the rules of the road and the proper observation of these rules. The students have accumulated knowledge of driving through observation of family and friends, and it is important that they understand their responsibilities to effectively obey rules of the road, even the commonly ignored ones.

Module 6 – Making Safe Driving Decision: Teaches new drivers important strategies and practices the must know and use each time they drive so that they are a safe driver at all times. This section also educated new drivers about how to identify aggressive drivers and their behaviors so that they can start to be aware of what to do when confronted with an aggressive driver.

Module 7 – Sharing the Road: Educates students about sharing the road with users other than vehicles such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. The intention is to provide information about safe ways to share the road and drive with other roadway users as well as unexpected changes.

Module 8 – How Natural Laws Effect Driving: Teaches students that in addition to employing safe driving habits it is also important to understand how natural laws effects driving and how to counteract the result of natural laws. This module begins the development of advanced driving skills needed to navigate certain driving situations.

Module 9 – Different Driving Environments: Alerts students to different driving environments and is intended to teach them how to navigate various challenges like changing lanes, driving in urban versus rural areas, driving on hills, mountains and highways, and exiting and entering.

Module 10 – Driving in All Weather Conditions: Teaches students about the effects of weather conditions on driving and how to compensate for less than desirable conditions. It also suggest the best driving practices to account for these sometimes very difficult situations.

Module 11 – Mental and Physical Effects on Driving: Alerts new drivers that their personal mental and physical condition impacts their driving skills. The intent is to describe how changes in emotions and physical conditions can affect driving skills and may cause them to drive unsafely.

Module 12 – The Danger of Alcohol, Drugs & Driving, Part 1: Intended to teach students about the physical and mental affects alcohol and drugs have on driving skills. It is intended to educate them about the science of reduced coordination, reaction time, vision, and decision-making due to substances in the body.

Module 13 – The Dangers of Alcohol, Drugs & Driving, Part 2: Educates new drivers about the laws related to alcohol and drug use while operating a motor vehicle and the devastating effects these penalties can have on their life. The loss of license for a period of time is probably the most socially problematic issues for them but in actuality it will also be a substantial financial burden.

Module 14 – Consequences of Unsafe Driving and Poor Decision Making: Intended to teach new drivers that decision-making plays a key role in being a good driver in addition to fostering good driving skills. It is important to realize that poor decisions could severely impact the driver’s life; the passengers’ lives and the lives of families and friends if an accident were to occur. These decisions may also cause an emotional and financial toll that may have a long lasting impact.

Module 15 – Handling Emergencies and Breakdowns, Final Review: Intended to teach new drivers about common vehicle malfunctions and roadway hazards. It is also intended to demonstrate how a safe driver, using good decision making skills, handles each situation along with the steps they should follow if ever in a vehicle accident.

Notes to follow:

  • Each class will consist of note taking and a quiz on the related subject matter.
  • On the last day of class, students will be required to take and pass a Final.