Just about anyone within the United States must take and pass some kind of driver education course before the DMV will grant them a license. Many high schools also provide driver education courses for their students and some can be taken online. Attending a course and passing the test can help people avoid some very serious problems later on when they become responsible drivers and can save lives. Usually the courses involve classroom training as well as some on the road training. The instructor will go over signage, right of way issues, proper driving techniques, and local laws. Then, each student will be able to practice driving behind the wheel and a final test will be given. In most cases, the test consists of a paper test, as well as a final road test.

Typically a course can cost anywhere from $60-$150, depending on the intensity, level, or in some cases, the court’s requirement. It also depends on the state in which the course is being taken. Many judges will demand that drivers involved in drunk driving accidents, pedestrian accidents, or other serious offenses take a course in order to get their license back. Courses can be taken with independent vendors who offer them, through the DMV or local state authorities, and some community colleges also offer them. The purpose of these courses is to educate drivers and prevent accidents on the roadways. Here are some resources for driver education courses:

· National Safety Council – Defensive Driving Course

· AAA – Directory of driving courses by state

· AARP – Driver safety course

Getting involved in a motorcycle, car, or truck accident can be costly and sometimes can unfortunately cost someone’s life. If you happen to be involved in a serious accident, there are some things to remember. Take safety precautions if you get in an accident, and move your vehicles to the side of the road so as not to block traffic, if they can be moved. Sometimes, the cars should not be moved so it will really depend on the situation at the time. Immediately call the police and check to see if the other driver(s) are ok. Be aware of your legal rights when involved in an accident, and know where to go for assistance in the event of a charge or a court cost that could be involved. Here are some resources for those involved in a car accident:

· Accidentzone.com – Some questions and answers

· Know Your Rights – Helpful information on what to do and how to protect your legal rights

· Car Accidents – A wealth of resources, articles, and information about accidents

Taking a driver education course can help save lives. Whether you need a refresher course or you’re a first time driver, there is a reason why these classes are so vital. Traffic offenders should take a “refresher course” to help improve on certain driving issues they may be experiencing. Depending on the state, there are different requirements, so do a bit of research to find out what is needed in the state you live in.