Studying for your Ohio driver's license.

Course Topics

  • Introduction
  • Section 1: The System and You
  • Section 2: Vehicle Familiarization
  • Section 3: Basic Control Tasks
  • Section 4: Traffic Control Devices and Laws
  • Section 5: Perception and Driving Strategies for Different Environments
  • Section 6: Natural Laws Affecting Vehicle and Operator Performance
  • Section 7: Handling Vehicle / Driver Emergencies
  • Section 8: Operating in Adverse Conditions
  • Section 9: Driver Fitness
  • Section 10: Responsibilities of Owning and Maintaining a Car
  • Final Exam

Course Topic Descriptions

Section 1: The System and You

What “system” are we talking about exactly? We’re talking about the highway transportation system in Ohio. Don’t let the system scare you! It’s important to learn about it because you’re going to be driving according to its rules. In this section, we’ll tell you how the highway transportation system works and what happens when it doesn’t. We’ll also teach you how to avoid collisions on the road by providing you with defensive driving strategies to keep you, your passengers and everyone else safe. You’ll also get to learn the advantages of taking the Ohio 24 hour teen driving course as well as how to understand the Ohio Graduated Driver Licensing process.

Section 2: Vehicle Familiarization

As a first-time teen driver, it can be quite intimidating to see all of the different buttons, lights and functions that are inside a vehicle. That’s why we’re going to teach you all of the basic features in this section. For example, we’ll discuss the four vehicle systems: (1) comfort and control systems, (2) visibility system, (3) information / communication system and (4) anti-theft system. All of which can be found in a standard vehicle. Each of them is located in different areas of the car and work differently as well. You’ll also get to learn what to do before entering your vehicle and before driving it. These are called pre-drive checks and they’re important to do in case something hinders you from driving safely. Not to mention, you’ll be doing a pre-drive check as a part of your driving test, so it’s important to know this!

Section 3: Basic Control Tasks

If you love visuals, you’ll really love this section. We disperse interactions and videos throughout this section because basic control tasks are better taught that way. You’ll see how to operate them in a vehicle with automatic transmission. It’s really important to pay attention to this section because you’ll be performing the maneuvers described and shown when you’re taking your driving test. Some of these maneuvers include how to turn, park, pass and more. We’ll also teach you acceleration and braking techniques so that you can drive comfortably with other drivers on the road instead of having to hit your brakes all the time. No one likes that!

Section 4: Traffic Control Devices and Laws

This is another highly visual chapter that you’ll like. If you’ve noticed, there are a lot of different signs and markings on the road to tell drivers what to do, what not to do and how to drive. But how exactly do you read these signs? There’s so many! That’s why this chapter exists. We go over all of the different traffic signs and roadway markings that are spread throughout the streets because we never want you to get stumped on the road, which can cause a serious crash. You’ll also learn various right-of-way situations, school bus stop laws, railroad crossing laws and much more! You won’t want to miss out on any of this information because it could be the difference between life and death for you, your passengers and other drivers or pedestrians around you.

Section 5: Perception and Driving Strategies for Different Environments

In this section, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about managing speed, space and visibility. Why are these important? They’re important because there will be times when you see another driver on the road who isn’t as smart of a driver as you are, and they decide to drive erratically instead. In these situations, you need to know how to manage your own speed and how to keep your space around these irresponsible drivers. Additionally, you will need to know these driving strategies because you’ll be driving in different environments, such as urban and rural areas and expressways. If you can’t share the road and you can’t control your own driving behavior, then you’ll have negative experiences driving. That’s why we included this section. We want you to be able to control your own driving behavior using good management skills on the road.

Section 6: Natural Laws Affecting Vehicle and Operator Performance

This section goes over the science behind driving. Not interested? We’ll change your mind! You get to learn the dynamics between cars and you. We’ll teach you some of what you might already know from your science classes and apply them to driving, so it’s an easier section to understand! You’ll learn about gravity, kinetic energy, force of impact, the three collisions and more. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of interesting science behind driving and behind the types of cars that are driving. A bigger vehicle, such as a semi-truck, doesn’t have the same impact or capabilities that a small compact car has. After this chapter, you’ll learn and understand the strategies that reduce risks on the road while driving under these natural laws. You’ll value the power of seat belts even more!

Section 7: Handling Vehicle/Driver Emergencies

Every new (and veteran) driver’s worse nightmare is having to deal with an emergency with their car while driving on the road. It doesn’t even matter how new your car is. Every car is subjected to a flat tire. Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to deal with a vehicle emergency at least once in your life. This is why we’re going to equip you with the proper protocols when it comes to emergencies caused by vehicle malfunction and driver error. There are certain rules to follow if you are experiencing a breakdown on the road to let others know that there’s something wrong with your car. We’ll also teach you how to handle collisions and breakdowns properly. After this section, you’re going to feel a lot more confident about being on the road. 

Section 8: Operating in Adverse Conditions

The weather in Ohio can be quite polarizing and up-and-down, especially in the winter time. Do you agree? We want you to know how to drive in adverse conditions. While it’s always best to avoid driving in bad weather, sometimes you just can’t help it because you might already be on the road as it approaches. So in this chapter, you’re going to learn how to operate a vehicle in adverse conditions. You’ll know the safe driving strategies designed to reduce risks on the road. But first, we’ll teach you about the effects on driving safely with reduced visibility and reduced traction that result from rain, snow, low lighting, and nighttime conditions. It can be a little scary at first for any driver, new or old, but we’ll provide you with all of the safety tips and driving strategies to keep you and others as safe as possible.

Section 9: Driver Fitness

This section isn’t what you think it is. We’re not going to tell you how to exercise in your car! Instead, we will teach you how your overall physical and emotional health decides whether or not you’re fit to drive in a safe manner. It’s very interesting to think that there are other factors in your everyday life that contribute to the ways you drive. Certain thoughts and memories can spark certain emotions or mental distractions while you drive. Not to mention, your physical senses have a lot to do with driving as well. Your vision, touch, smell and hearing are big factors to consider if you want to drive safely and we’ll tell you how each of them contribute to it. What you eat or drink can also spark unsuitable physical conditions to drive. For instance, if you’re tired or fatigued, you might be tempted to drink an energy drink or some kind of drug to stay awake. However, this has negative consequences to driving. This leads us to discuss how drugs and alcohol cause impaired driving and we’ll tell you how you can remove yourself from peer-pressured situations.

Section 10: Responsibilities of Owning and Maintaining a Car

You might think that having a car is all that and a bag of potato chips. And it is! We’re not here to burst your bubble, but in this section we just want you to understand the types of responsibilities that you will gain once you have a car. This includes everything from car insurance to rotating your tires to registration renewal and more. We’ll show you the ropes on what you need to do to keep up with your car so that it remains legal and safe to drive. What do we mean by keeping it “legal”? We mean that your car needs to be registered and insured at all times. Otherwise, you risk traffic violations, hefty fines and license suspension. You’ll also learn why it’s very important to maintain your car. After all, you don’t want to pay for costly repairs on an engine just because you didn’t get your oil changed in time. If you don’t have a car yet, we help you by compiling tips and other helpful suggestions when it’s time to consider buying or leasing a car. 

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