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Attention: Parents of Teens Ready To Start Driver Education – Keep Your Sanity
- Motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of deaths and injuries to teenagers even after three generations of driver education.
- There is nothing else your teenager will do on a daily basis that puts their lives at risk.
- Other driver education courses emphasize classroom over in-vehicle training.
Why Driver Ed in a Box is your best choice for teaching your teen to drive:
- You complete the course at your own pace and on your own schedule.
- Your teen will master each skill set before moving on to the next skill.
- It gives your teen the confidence to drive in all kinds of traffic, and anytime of the day or week.
- Your teen will leave the program a safer driver than those that take traditional drivers education.
- Your teenager is only going to learn to drive once in their lifetime
- Driver Ed in a Box is the only course that guarantees your teen drives their first year collision-free or your money back!
The collision rate is the number of collisions reported to the Department of Public Safety as reflected on the individual driver records divided by the number of licensed drivers in that category (then multiplied by 100 to convert to a percentage).
The latest published version of the Department of Public Safety’s Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident 2001 statistics book on page 36 states 141,357 licensed 16 year old drivers had 16,113 reported collisions for a collision rate of 11.4%.
In April of 2005 a random sample of 1,009 of Driver Ed in a Box® 16 year old graduates’ driving records were pulled directly from the Department of Public Safety’s records. The Driver Ed in a Box® 16 year old graduates had only 14 collisions for a collision rate of 1.4%.
Let’s compare those 2 numbers side-by-side:
|Driver Ed in a Box® graduates:||1.4% collision rate|
|All other driver education graduates:||11.4% collision rate|
Driver Ed in a Box® graduates are significantly safer drivers
over 8 times safer!
What’s in the Box?
The Driver Ed in a Box® program is now available online. Now you and the student can access everything you need from any computer. Just login and get started.
The Driver Ed in a Box® classroom is still the best and most thorough, and now that it’s online, it’s even easier to do.
The online classroom features:
- Self-paced – This self-paced course allows your son/daughter to move through the content at her own pace on a schedule that works best for her.
- Automatic Grading & Record Keeping – All the tests and quizzes are automatically graded and recorded and can be accessed at anytime.
- Easy Review – Your student can go back and review the material anytime and as often as needed.
- Driving Journal – The Driving Journal is available as a PDF file that lets the student print it and complete it as she goes through the course.
- Parent Access – For you, the Parent, you have your own Login you can access the report section anytime to see your student’s progress and scores.
- Manages Classroom for you – At a glance, you can easily see how much time she spent on each part, what questions she missed and how far along she is. In short, it’s an easy way to measure her progress as the online course basically manages the classroom phase for you.
- Video Classroom Instruction – Video instruction as part of the online instruction makes learning the material easier and more fun. It’s like being in class with Mr. Barrett as your instructor.
The Parent Companion
This is a spiral bound book for the parent that is easy and convenient to use during the in-vehicle training.
This invaluable tool contains:
- Introduction to the Driver Ed in a Box® program
- Structure of Classroom & In-Vehicle Lessons
- Classroom Lesson Plans & Record Keeping
- In-Vehicle Checklists & Record Keeping
- Coaching Tips & Diagrams to assist with effective in-vehicle training
- Commitment to Drive Sober & Be Responsible, a family commitment to safe and responsible driving
- Parent Review of Audio Series, to serve as a reminder of key points.
- Glossary of Commentary Terms
- Forms for Certificate of Completion.
- In-Vehicle Checklists – Keep you prepared and organized, making it easy to stay on track and focused. You don’t have to worry about accidentally leaving something out.
- Logs – Simple system for keeping track of all your in-vehicle time.
- Diagrams – Handy, practical, and useful in-vehicle diagrams and illustrations that make it easier to communicate with your student.
- Forms & Checklists for Licensing – DPS forms and checklists for obtaining the Learner’s License (Permit) – which you get after the first 6 hours of class – and the forms you need to obtain your Certificate of Completion, which you’ll need for the Driver License.
Driver Ed in a Box® includes 15 videos independently produced by Driver Ed in a Box® from the perspective of a parent and student working together in the vehicle.
2 Bonus Videos
Includes 2 bonus videos. One that addresses drinking & driving (a true story), and a video that explains Anti-lock Braking Systems.
Instructor Coaching Video Series
A growing library of coaching tips where Patrick Barrett goes into more detail and depth to make your in-vehicle preparation and experience even easier. With these coaching videos, you’ll be teaching like a seasoned pro.
The 42 Part Audio Series
Driver Ed in a Box® features a 42 part audio series for parents to prepare for each stage of in-vehicle training.
Parents can listen while traveling to and from work, running errands, or working around the house. Listen to each section just preceding work on the next area of in-vehicle training, so the information is fresh in your mind as you begin that training phase. Some parents select certain segments of the audio series for the student to listen to before or after beginning a training area. Parents have told us that it often helps for the student to hear the reasons for training methods from another source than the parent.
The Training Mirrors
The round, flat Eye Check Mirror allows the parent to see at a glance where the student`s eyes are focused. Not even most driving school instructors know to use this mirror!
A fixed stare, failure to check the blind spot before moving to a new lane, or failure to check the rear view before slowing are easily detected. This allows the parent to coach the student until the student has developed the correct HABITS of eye movement. Training safety is enhanced by using the convex, rectangular mirror allowing the parent or guardian to see what is happening behind the vehicle, while keeping all vehicle mirrors adjusted for the student.
The Student Driver Sign
Every Driver Ed in a Box® comes with a black and white Student Driver sign that is easily attached and removed from your vehicle, and is optional for your use in most states.
Certificate of Completion
Upon satisfactory completion of the course, fill out and send the Completion Affidavit and Surveys to Driver Ed in a Box® to receive your Certificate of Completion. This also includes a separate Certificate for your insurance discount.
Recent changes require that students document how they’re going to apply what they’ve learned. This Driving Journal allows you to meet this requirement, while giving you an opportunity to record memorable experiences in your driver ed journey.
Advantage Safety Club
As a Driver Ed in a Box® client, you get a free lifetime membership as a Silver member in the Advantage Safety Club.
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We GUARANTEE that your teen will drive COLLISION-FREE! – or your money back!
We guarantee that once you successfully complete all the requirements of the Driver Ed in a Box® course and has been issued a Certificate of Completion you will drive collision free for a full 12 months**. If you have a driver-error collision within one year from the date of completion resulting in a claim being filed and a deductible being paid, we will refund the full amount paid for the program.
By Teri O.
Driver Ed in a Box® is a comprehensive program for parents who are training or assisting in the driver training of their teenagers. The goal is to teach teens the skills and habits of collision-free driving. These techniques were developed through years of working with driving training instructors, experienced fleet drivers, and driver education students. The concept was developed by a parent, Patrick L. Barrett, who also happens to be a nationally-known expert in the business of driver education.
In 1997, parents were given the option of teaching driver education to their own teens in Texas. Mr. Barrett’s son, Michael, was eligible to begin his driver training, so Mr. Barrett ordered the parent-led materials from the state. After spending several hours reading what the state of Texas had produced for parent-taught driver education, he said, “It’s a good thing I already know what I’m supposed to do, because nobody is going to figure it out from this.” That’s when he decided to create Driver Ed in a Box®.
First, Mr. Barrett produced an audio series to guide parents step by step through the process of safely training a new driver in the habits of collision-free driving. Next, he made a set of videos that actually show the process of parent/teen working together toward the goal of collision-free driving. At the same time, he wrote a textbook specifically made for parent-taught or guided driver education. Since then, he has revamped and updated Driver Ed in a Box® several times, so families will always have the best course possible.
Driver Ed in a Box® is the only private Texas-based program officially approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, and New Mexico Transportation Department. But students in all states will benefit from these lessons. Our family lives in Arizona and we’ve used the same Driver Ed in a Box® curriculum with all three of our boys. Last summer, the lady at the state motor vehicle department who took one of our sons out for his road test commended him on being the safest young driver she’d ever seen. Driver Ed in a Box® is a practical, no-nonsense program that really works!
Driver Ed in a Box® provides all the tools you will need for teaching your teen how to drive collision-free. Over 50 hours of in-car instruction are included for rural, residential, city, and highway driving with special emphasis on specific maneuvers. This program not only stresses the importance of driving safely, but explains in detail how to do that, from watching out for pedestrians to being careful around 18-wheelers. The full course also has a section on Social & Consumer Issues, which informs teens about how alcohol and drugs as well as emotions and attitude affect driving performance. The box contains: CD-ROM with 17 videos, audio series, textbook, student workbook, spiral-bound parent companion, driving journal, student driver sign, training mirrors, certificate of completion, and Advantage Safety Club membership.
NEW! Driver Ed in a Box® is out of the Box!
The Driver Ed in a Box® program is now available online. So you can access everything you need from any computer. Just log in and get started. Since it’s all online, it’s even easier to do! The online program is less expensive, too. (But it doesn’t contain the extra items that come in the box.)
See Also: Driving Test Review Questions (100 questions with answers, printable PDF) NOTE: This test is based on the Arizona driving manual, so the laws may be different in other states but the rules of the road should be pretty much the same.
Please note that the above product was NOT provided for free or at a discount in exchange for a review. This item was purchased by a homeschooling family at their own expense.
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