7. Differences in Urban and Rural Driving
The title is self-explanatory—you need to abide by different laws and practices when driving in a city versus a rural setting. There is usually more to consider in a city, such as school zones, residential areas and more traffic. The traffic signs you will find yourself face-to-face with in each area is also different as you will have to change speeds more frequently in an urban area, while a rural area will likely have fewer signs on the road, requiring you to be more conscientious of your surroundings.
8. Critical Vehicle Systems and Subsystems
In this chapter, you will learn the more technical information of a vehicle related to the critical elements that ensure your life and your vehicle’s well-being. You will learn about the role of airbags on the road, ensuring that your battery is charged, making sure you have enough fuel, checking your oil, the role of the emergency brake on your vehicle and more.
9. Pedestrian Safety
It is important that you learn how to coexist in the roads with pedestrians, other cars, bicycles, emergency vehicles, animals, trains, school buses and other commuters or tourists who may be traveling in a different form of transportation. Plenty of statistics will be offered to you in this section, including the fact that pedestrian and bicycle accidents are the leading causes of death in the United States for residents of ages eight to 14. The different street signs that refer to pedestrians will also be covered in this section.
10. Effects of Alcohol and Drugs
Those seeking to obtain a California provisional license need to be well informed of the penalties surrounding driving under the influence, as well as the potential harm that could be caused by driving with alcohol or drugs in your system. You will learn the definition of terms such as BAC, which refers to “blood alcohol concentration,” a phrase that helps define how much alcohol you are allowed to have in your system while driving without getting a DUI.
11. Motorcycle Safety
There are some areas of the United States with a large number of motorcycles, and individuals getting a learner’s permit need to understand how vulnerable motorcycle drivers really are. This section also teaches you about the different types of motorcycles based on how many wheels they have and the engine size of each one. You will also need to learn the licenses needed to obtain them, including mopeds, motor-driven cycles, scooters and more.
12. Risk-Taking and Perceptions of Teenagers
Driving under the influence isn’t the only dangerous way of driving, especially when it comes to teenagers, as distracted driving and failing to comply with driving laws can also be dangerous. The perception of teen drivers in some places is negative due to the fact that they could be more susceptible to driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, as well as the fact that they may check their phones quite often when driving.
13. Substance Abuse
The state of California has strict penalties for those who drive under the influence, as well as programs that help addicts to sober up and regain their licenses and driving privileges. Those with a chronic substance abuse issue who get behind the wheel daily is a risky set of circumstances that increase the chances of causing an accident directly or indirectly.
14. Driving Inexperience
We are all new drivers at one point in our lives, so it is essential to understand what some of the common mistakes are for beginners. A number of factors are considered when teaching this unit to drivers who are starting out, including the speed at which they travel since they’re still learning how to maneuver their vehicle, as well as how to steer their wheel when turning. Parking techniques are also highlighted in this section.
15. Road Rage
Another dangerous way of driving is comprised of road rage, in which drivers let emotions get the best of them and results in reckless driving and making poor decisions behind the wheel. While driving under the influence and distracted driving are considered to be the most dangerous forms of driving, road rage can also significantly increase the risk of an accident to the persons involved or an innocent passersby.
What You Need Once You Complete Your Driver’s Ed Course
Once you study the course, you need to bring several documents to the California DMV along with your certificate, including an original or certified copy of one of the following items:
- US birth certificate
- US passport or US passport card
- US military identification cards
- Certificate of naturalization or citizenship
- Permanent resident card
- Temporary resident identification card
- Canadian passport/birth certificate
- Permanent resident re-entry permit
- Employment authorization card