Drivers Ed in Wisconsin
Completion of a Wisconsin Drivers Ed course is suggested and often required prior to obtaining your learner's permit, and ultimately receiving your Driver's License. Although not approved for the state of Wisconsin, I Drive Safely is a good course to prepare yourself for your state's licensing exam.
In order to be issued your instruction permit, you must be enrolled in a certified driver education course. This can be a course offered through your school, a private training facility, or other authorized teaching facility.
In order to be considered certified driver's education, the course must contain at least 30 hours of classroom instruction over a three week period, and must include six hours of actual driving and six hours observing another driver. The Wisconsin DMV offers a comprehensive listing of commercial driver education schools.
The requirements for drivers education includes the basic rules of the road, the mechanics and operation of a motor vehicle, how to control and operate a motor vehicle, emergency preparedness, sign identification, and motor vehicle laws.
Additional topics covered in the driver's education classroom include:
- Traffic Laws
- Severe weather driving
- Driving on the freeway
- Driver safety
- Defensive driving basics
- Identification of road signs
- Vehicle control
- Lane changes
- Driving in an urban setting
- Driving in a rural setting
The classroom portion of a driver's education course covers a lot of ground. It's a lot to learn in a short span of time. Sometimes, a little extra help with the basics can help a new driver have a better feel for the road and for other drivers. This creates a safe and confident driver; one who will be less likely to feel hesitant and uncertain behind the wheel.
Since all driving schools in Wisconsin are in-person only and require attendance in the classroom, you will not be permitted to take your driver's education via an Internet course. However, that should not stop you from considering one anyway, and for a couple of great reasons.
With a matter as important as driving safety and education, it can only serve to solidify the lessons if the student is enrolled in an online course of study concurrent with, or after, a regular classroom driver's education course. Plus, in a classroom environment, there are other students, distractions, possibly missed days and other things that can cause a student to only absorb part of the material presented.
Taken along with the time spent in driving practice under a probationary license, these online courses have proven to "drive home" the lessons taught in the classroom and produce more confident, responsible drivers. Plus, the extra training can, in some cases, get you a discount on insurance rates.Local Drivers Education
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