Driver Ed Classroom Curriculum

ADTSEA has released a revised curriculum for driver educators containing lesson plans, enhanced learning activities and worksheets, picture illustrations, and embedded video clips.


$125 for ADTSEA Members
$175 for Non-Members

The package includes two DVDs, one printed hard copy 3.0 curriculum, and one copy of AAA How to Drive (14th Edition) textbook.

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Drivers Ed Traditional Classroom Curriculum

What's New

The ADTSEA 3.0 curriculum references the AAA How to Drive textbook and features enhanced lesson plans and content, new content topics, new videos from AAA and other organizations to meet the objectives, and enhanced learning activities. Each unit now features words-to-know, video review worksheets, unit review questions, a definitions page, and a worksheet.

Enhanced lesson plans and content include:

  • Space management system
  • Sharing the road with other users
  • Distracted driving
  • Adverse driving conditions and emergencies
  • Effects of fatigue and emotions on driving

New content topics include:

  • Reference points
  • Advances in automotive technology
  • Natural laws and vehicle load
  • Divided attention
  • Different driving environments
  • Evasive maneuvers
  • Travel planning
  • Loading, towing, and driving special vehicles

New videos to meet the objectives include:

  • Supporting video with narration from AAA throughout the curriculum
  • Ashley's Story, National Road Safety Foundation (distracted driving)
  • Be Sensible: Don't Drive Yourself to Distraction, 2nd edition, Cingular Wireless (distracted driving)
  • Faces of Distracted Driving: Kassy's Story, NHTSA (distracted driving)
  • Take the Pledge, National Road Safety Foundation (distracted driving)
  • Look to Live, Operation Lifesaver (railroad crossing safety)
  • Recognize, React, Recover, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (run-off the road crashes)
  • Teens and Trucks: Share the Road, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (sharing the road with large trucks)
  • Breakin' Nite, National Road Safety Foundation (drowsy driving)
  • Cage the Rage, National Road Safety Foundation (aggressive driving)
  • Safe Trailering, U-Haul (loading, towing, and driving a vehicle with a trailer)


The Driver Education Classroom and In-car Curriculum was developed to provide current information and techniques on teaching novice drivers the basics of motor vehicle operation. It was developed specifically to reference:

  • How to Drive: The Beginning Driver's Manual, 14th edition, published by AAA, 2011 Purchase now.
  • Drive Right, 11th edition, published by Pearson
  • Responsible Driving, 2006 edition, published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
  • MDTSEA Textbook Cross-Reference Guide to 3.0 Curriculum

It is recommended that each student receive and use a copy of the textbook while in the driver education program. The provider is responsible for selecting the textbook utilized. Any of the three textbooks listed above will meet the requirements of a quality driver education program. Also, instructors and students should have a copy of their state's driver's handbook for use in the program. If a driver education program utilizes a textbook not listed above, the provider will need to match the appropriate textbook reading material in the resources column of the curriculum.

The Driver Education Classroom and In-car Curriculum Guide is divided into 14 units or 45 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of in-car instruction. The curriculum provides unit quizzes with 10 quiz questions at the end of each unit. Instructors are encouraged to add additional quiz questions. At the end of the curriculum is Appendix A: In-car Instruction and Appendix B: Final Exam Forms A and B.

Package Content

The Curriculum consists of printed lesson plans, quizzes, in-car lessons, final exam, one data CD which contains lesson plans and quizzes for all 13 units in Adobe PDF for printing purposes, six in-car lesson plans and a final exam; two DVD's, which contain the presentation slides and embedded videos, and one HOW to DRIVE textbook. The first DVD consists of visual aids for Units 1-8 and the second DVD consists of visual aids for Units 9-14.

Data CD:

  • Printable Lesson Plans for Units 1-14
  • Unit 1 in Microsoft Word
  • Dashboard BINGO materials
  • Appendix A: In-Car Lessons
  • Appendix B: Final Exam

DVD 1 - Slides and Videos for Units 1 - 8:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Novice Driver Responsibilities and the Licensing System
  • Unit 2: Getting Acquainted with the Vehicle
  • Unit 3: Understanding Vehicle Control: Starting, Steering, and Stopping
  • Unit 4: Traffic Control Devices and Laws
  • Unit 5: Vision and Space Management
  • Unit 6: Basic Maneuvers in a Low-Risk Environment
  • Unit 7: Risk-reducing Strategies for Different Driving Environments
  • Unit 8: Sharing the Road with Other Users

DVD 2 - Slides and Videos for Units 9 - 14:

  • Unit 9: The Effects of Distractions on Driving
  • Unit 10: Adverse Driving Conditions and Emergencies
  • Unit 11: Impaired Driving
  • Unit 12: The Effects of Fatigue and Emotions on Driving
  • Unit 13: Travel Planning, Loading, Towing and Driving Special Vehicles
  • Unit 14: Tire Safety and Maintenance

Printed materials:

  • Preface
  • 14 unit lesson plans
  • Quizzes
  • 6 in-car lessons
  • Final exam forms A and B

Recommended Presentation Method

The recommended method for presenting the visual information in this curriculum is to use a DVD player and an HDTV or HD video projector and screen. You may play the curriculum video DVD on your computer provided you have a DVD drive and DVD player installed on your computer. Due to the variance in computer DVD drives and DVD player programs, ADTSEA cannot guarantee that the video DVD will work with your computer.

There are two methods to utilize the Curriculum Video DVD:

Method One - DVD Player Mode: For the recommended method, you will need a DVD player (or Blue-ray Player) and an HDTV set to present the images and videos. You may also use an HD Projector connected directly to the DVD player or computer. It is critical that you become familiar with your DVD remote prior to conducting your classroom session. Not all DVD remotes look the same. There are several buttons you will utilize on your DVD remote or player to control the slides/videos on the DVD.

Method Two - PC Mode: You will need a personal computer with a DVD drive. It should also have a sound card, speakers, and remote control. Additionally, it should also have DVD playback software. A video projector (preferable an HD Projector) must be used with a PC.

NOTE: The curriculum is designed to be used with a standalone DVD player since it utilizes the remote control buttons, therefore some functions might not be available if it is used with a PC and software based player.

ADTSEA and U-Haul Safe Trailering Training Module

ADTSEA, utilizing U-Haul's Safe Trailering content, developed a module on the skills required for safely towing a boat or trailer, the techniques for backing a trailer successfully, equipment needed to tow a trailer and how to load a trailer properly. This includes videos on safe trailering for instructors and students developed by U-Haul.

Unit 13 Travel Planning, Loading, Towing and Driving Special Vehicles: Lesson Plans

Unit 13 Travel Planning, Loading, Towing and Driving Special Vehicles: Slides and Videos [ppt]

ADTSEA and Michelin Tire Safety Training Module

Advancing a national awareness program to reduce preventable crashes among teen drivers, Michelin and ADTSEA published the first national tire safety training module for driving instructors. This update standardizes tire safety education materials and provides a collection of new resources, including videos and hands-on exercises for instructors and students.

The module is designed to equip driving instructors across the nation with an improved understanding of tire safety and new instructional resources to deliver this critical message to new drivers.

Unit 14 Tire Safety and Maintenance: Lesson Plan

Unit 14 Tire Safety and Maintenance: Slides and Videos [ppt]