ADTSEA Driver Education Curriculum 3.0

The following curriculum is required by the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation for the purpose of teaching Driver Education students under the age of eighteen.

Unit 1 - Introduction to Novice Driver Responsibilities and

                Licensing System

Part 1:  Introduction to Course

Part 2:  School In-car Plan and Skills Log

Part 3:  Communication Guidelines

Part 4:  State Driver Education Program and Learning System


Part 5:  Risk and Risk-taking

Unit 2 - Getting Acquainted with the Vehicle

Part 1:  Pre-entry Checks

Part 2:  The Area Around the Vehicle

Part 3:  Safety Restraints

Part 4:  Safety, Communication, Comfort, Convenience, and

               Control Devices

Part 5:  Pre-drive Procedures, Mirrors, and Blind Spots

Part 6:  Vehicle Reference Points

Part 7:  Vehicle Owner's Manual

Unit 3 - Understanding Vehicle Control: Starting, Steering, and


Part 1:  Starting the Engine and Moving the Vehicle Forward

Part 2:  Steering

Part 3:  Moving to Curb/Side of Road and Entering the Roadway

               from a Curb

Part 4:  Stopping and Securing the Vehicle

Part 5:  Backing


Unit 4 - Traffic Control Devices and Laws

Part 1:  Definition and Purpose of Traffic Control Devices

Part 2:  Traffic Signs

Part 3:  Traffic Signals

Part 4:  Pavement Markings

Part 5:  Traffic and Vehicle Laws


Unit 5 - Vision and Space Management

Part 1:  Vision and Perception Requirements

Part 2:  Vehicle Operation Space

Part 3:  Stopping Distance

Part 4:  Space Management System (SEE)

Part 5:  Lane Positions and Making Safe Lane Position Choices

Part 6:  Divided Attention / Multi-tasking


Unit 6 - Basic Maneuvers in a Low-Risk Environment

Part 1:  Natural Laws and Traction

Part 2:  Intersections

Part 3:  Changing Lanes

Part 4:  Turning Around

Part 5:  Parking

Part 6:  Passing and Being Passed


Unit 7 - Risk Reducing Strategies for Different Driving


Part 1:  Expressway Driving

Part 2:  Urban Roadways

Part 3:  Rural Roadways

Part 4:  Laws Specific to Different Driving Environments

Unit 8 - Sharing the Road with Other Users

Part 1:  The Importance of Sharing the Road with Other Users

Part 2:  Sharing the Road with Pedestrians

Part 3:  Sharing the Road with Bicycles

Part 4:  Sharing the Road with Motorcycles, Mopeds, and


Part 5:  Sharing the Road with Large Vehicles

Part 6:  Sharing the Road with Emergency Vehicles

Part 7:  Sharing the Road with Trains and Public Transportation

Part 8:  Sharing the Road with Construction Vehicles and Work



Unit 9 - The Effects of Distractions on Driving

Part 1:  Definition, Effects and Nature of Distracted Driving

Part 2:  Potential Distractions Inside the Vehicle

Part 3:  Potential Distractions Outside the Vehicle

Part 4:  Preventing Distractions Before Driving

Part 5:  Addressing Distractions While Driving

Part 6:  Spreading the Word the Dangers of Distracted Driving


Unit 10 - Adverse Driving Conditions and Emergencies

Part 1:  Changing Weather and Conditions of Visibility

Part 2:  Advanced Automotive Technology

Part 3:  Changing Traction Conditions

Part 4:  Emergency Recovery

Part 5:  Controlling Consequences of a Crash

Part 6:  Vehicle Malfunctions

Part 7:  Collision Reporting


Unit 11 - Impaired Driving

Part 1:  The Responsibilty to Say "No"

Part 2:  Alcohol-Related Traffic Crash Problem

Part 3:  State Alcohol Laws and Penalties

Part 4:  Effects and Elimination of Alcohol

Part 5:  Effects of Drugs Other than Alcohol on the Driving Task


Unit 12 - The Effects of Fatigue and Emotions on Driving

Part 1:  The Causes and Effects of Fatigue

Part 2:  Emotions that Can Affect Driving Behavior

Part 3:  Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

Part 4:  Strategies for Anger Management and Responding to

               Aggressive Driving and Road Rage


Unit 13 - Travel Planning, Loading, Towing, and Driving Special


Part 1:  Travel Planning

Part 2:  Towing and Driving Special Vehicles

Part 3:  Equipment, Connecting and Loading a Trailer Properly


Appendix A - In-Car Lessons

Lesson 1:  Developing Basic Driver Actions

Lesson 2:  Driving in Light Traffic

Lesson 3:  Driving in Moderate Traffic

Lesson 4:  Developing Effective Visual Search Skills, Turning

                    Around, and Parking

Lesson 5:  Driving in Different Environments

Lesson 6:  Final Assessment