Course Information

Course title: 

Driver Education 

Course number: 

TT 109B 

Course description: 

This comprehensive 30 hour course Driver Education course is offered every month. Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion which is required by the DMV for young drivers applying for a driver license. There are four Units with material divided into sessions covering topics in:- 

  • Orientation 
  • Traffic Laws and Rules of the Road 
  • Vehicle Control Technique
  • Managing Risk with the IPDE Process
  • Natural Laws & Car Control 
  • Basic Vehicle Maneuvers 
  • Negotiating Intersections
  • Driving in Urban, Rural, & on Interstates
  • Defensive Driving Habits 
  • Sharing the Road 
  • Unfavorable Driving Conditions and Emergencies 
  • Buying, Maintaining and Insuring a Vehicle 
  • Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Driving
  • Planning For Travel
  • Driver Fitness and 
  • Review for the Final Examination 


Online *** (DSL or T1 line connection is preferred. Students with a dial-up connection may request videos on CD or go to any of GBC’s free college labs, a high school,or public library)

Meeting day(s): 


Meeting time(s): 



You must be at least 15years of age 

Instructor Information


Tim Wickersham


Use the Internal Mail within the course. Replies to email questions will usually be returned within 24 hours excluding weekends & holidays.

Office location: 

Elko High School

Office hours: 

Call for appointment


775-753-2167 (Tech Support) 


State Certified Instructor

Course Goals

Course goals: 

To provide the student, through online activities, videos, quizzes, and lessons, a thorough grasp of traffic laws and rules that apply to all drivers as well as basic vehicle maneuvers, defensive driving habits, sharing the road with other users, unfavorable driving conditions and emergencies, maintenance and insurance, and driver fitness. 



Course participants are expected to complete the course within 10 weeks. Participants who do not pass the course must register again to participate in another session. 

Additional information: 

Sessions are offered several times each semester as well as during the summer and end 10 weeks from the start date.

Students must complete 4 Unit Tests with an 85% or higher  & two discussion postings in order to pass the course.


Required reading: 

Drive Right, Revised 10th, ISBN:0-13-068324-8 

OR Responsible Driving, Glencoe, ISBN:0-02-653382-0

Required reading: 

NevadaDriver's Handbook, Motor Vehicles Branch, Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety, Current Revised October 2004

Online Book Order Information

Drive Right
Loan from local High School:

In most cases for students in the service area of Great BasinCollege, a book can be borrowed from their high school. See high school secretary for check out.

Drive RightOnline Book Order:

NevadaDriver's Handbook

Obtained free from any NevadaDepartment of Motor Vehicles

Course Requirements


Participants are required to spend a minimum of 30 hours studying and grasping the lessons as well as taking all presentation, simulation, quizzes, & tests.

Participants are expected to check the email & discussion board within the course for relevant announcements on a daily basis. 

Grading Method

Pass, Withdraw, or Fail

Students must complete all activities & Unit Tests with an 85% to receive a Pass grade.

Unit 1

Objectives or Goals:

Upon completion of this unit,
you will be able to:

Signs, Signals, & Roadway Markings

  • Identify the meaning of each shape used in traffic signs. 
  • State the meaning of each of the eight colors used on traffic signs. 
  • Describe the correct action to take when approaching red, yellow, and green traffic signal lights. 
  • Identify the meanings and locations of common pavement markings. 
  • Describe laws governing motor vehicle ownership and operation. 

Basic Vehicle Control & Using the (S)IPDE* Process

*(For those using the Responsible Driving text, the process is known as SIPDE, where the "S" stands for "Search")

  • Identify Defensive Driving Terms 
  • Explain steps to take before, during, and directly after entering a vehicle to maintain maximum safety. 
  • Explain the purpose of common vehicle controls, the locations and functions of instruments and devices, and the different steps to driving automobiles with both automatic transmissions and manual transmissions. 
  • Use the (S)IPDE process to search zones, identify and analyze traffic situations, predict possible outcomes, and make wise decisions for executing safe actions. 


Successful completion of
Simulation Exercises


Review Quizzes

Unit Tests

Unit 2

Objectives or Goals:

Upon completion of this unit,
you will be able to: 

Controlling Your Vehicle

  • Describe natural laws, such as gravity, energy of motion, friction, traction, and stopping distance, and how they apply to driving. 
  • Identify how restraint devices can help reduce the force of impact in a collision. 
  • Explain basic maneuvers you will need to steer, change lanes, make turns, execute turnabouts, and park in various situations 

Intersections & Sharing the Roadway

  • Describe safe ways to search and negotiate intersections. 
  • Identify good judgments involving time, space, and distance related to intersections and railroad crossings. 
  • Explain situations in which you would yielding the right of way 
  • Correctly judge gaps in traffic. 


Successful completion of
Simulation Exercises


Review Quizzes

Unit Tests

Unit 3

Objectives or Goals:

Upon completion of this unit,
you will be able to: 

Driving in Urban, Rural, & Expressway Areas

  • Explain unique factors in urban, rural, and expressway areas that can make driving difficult. 
  • Describe how to use the IPDE Process for these situations 

Driving in Adverse Conditions & Handling Emergencies

  • Tell how to use the IPDE Process to manage risks in poor weather 
  • Identify weather situation that may change driving conditions 
  • Tell how to use the controlled-braking technique 
  • Describe what to do in situations like: blown tires, mechanical malfunction, and steering problems. 
  • Explain how to avoid or minimize collisions. 
  • List steps to take after a collision. 


Successful completion of
Simulation Exercises


Review Quizzes

Unit Tests 

Unit 4

Objectives or Goals:

Upon completion of this unit,
you will be able to:

Buying & Maintaining a Vehicle, & Insurance

  • Identify routine preventive-maintenance checks that can help assure trouble-free vehicle operation. 
  • Define the terms:- liability coverage, medical payment coverage, comprehensive coverage, uninsured motorist coverage, under-insured motorist coverage, no-fault insurance, premium, and deductible as used to identify vehicle insurance. 
  • State the benefits of having adequate vehicle insurance.
  • Obtain price quotations for vehicle insurance you identify traffic, intersections, signs and signals.

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Driving

  • Describe how physical condition can affect driver performance. 
  • Describe how an individual's emotional state can affect driver performance.
  • State the laws governing use of alcohol and the serious consequences drivers face if found guilty of driving under the influence. 
  • Discuss ways peer pressure can be a positive or a negative influence on the decisions you make about driving and drinking.
  • Identify the effects of alcohol and other drugs on your body.

Planning Travel

  • Describe how to prepare for short and long road trips.
  • Tell what techniques you can use to stay alert while driving.
  • Identify how road markers can help in calculating distances and understanding direction of travel.
  • Describe extra precautions you need to follow when driving special vehicles such as recreational vehicles and rental trucks and when pulling a trailer.


Successful completion of
Simulation Exercises


Review Quizzes

Unit Tests


Writing /Synthesis Essay