The Driver Education course is designed to introduce students to basic driving techniques and defensive driving strategies that help them gradually become accomplished drivers. The Arkansas Department of Education requires that driver education students receive thirty hours of classroom instruction and six hours of actual driving experience. Five weeks are spent in the classroom learning driving laws, right of way procedures, techniques, and safety issues. The remainder of the semester is spent giving the students experience behind the wheel. Students are exposed to light residential driving, light to medium highway driving, various types of intersections, and several parking situations.
Some students may progress to the level of readiness to obtain a driver’s license, but that is neither guaranteed nor emphasized in this course.