Driver's Education for Today's Learner

Designing Digitally

11/03/2020

Driver’s education has been around for a hundred years and has been utilized all over the country to help people learn how to drive. However, with the push towards digitalization and the familiarity that is seen with smartphones and mobile apps, it only makes sense to allow your learners to access driver’s ed courses online. With an estimated 38,800 people losing their lives to car crashes and about 4.4 million people being injured enough to require medical attention from crashes in 2019, it is important that driver’s ed is delivered in a way that is catered to the modern learner. 

The Vermont DMV recognized the benefits of delivering driver’s education online, so they worked with our team to develop the interactive simulation, DriveVermont, that offers the ability to learn the laws of the road and important skills to drive safely - completely online. Learners can take the courses from the device of their choice, at the location of their choice. This offers them flexibility in learning schedules and provides a more personalized, one-on-one learning experience.

Common Learning Objectives of Driver’s Education

Before we “drive” into the details of DriveVermont more, let’s explore the major skills taught and learning objectives for online driving courses:

  • Road and traffic laws

  • Driver and passenger safety

  • Driver certification

  • Proper lane usage

  • Consequences of driving under the influence (DUI)

  • U-turns and illegal maneuvers

  • Penalties for driving without a license or with a suspended license

  • How to handle accidents

  • Illegal vehicle modifications and mechanical violations

  • Carpooling laws and safety

  • Speed limits and penalties for reckless driving

  • Bike and motorcycle awareness

  • Parking techniques for unique locations

  • Transportation in hazardous conditions

Benefits of Online Driver’s Education

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into being a prepared and skilled driver. Online learning can help DMVs by offering many benefits that can't be found with traditional methods. Let's take a look at some of them.

Anytime Anywhere Learning

Online courses are on-demand, so students can take the class any time, anywhere, allowing them to weave driver’s ed into their schedule.

Self-paced Learning

Online courses cater to different learning styles and allow students to learn and progress at their own pace to increase overall pass rates.

Customer Experience

With eLearning, you can decrease the number of individuals at testing facilities and create more personal customer experiences with reduced wait times.

Proactive Support

Custom online learning courses can adhere to your agency’s rules and regulations and offer proactive support for at least a year after launch.

Analytical Data

Online courses can provide monthly analytical data that allows you to see the overall performance of lessons and tests, and make necessary updates. 

Vermont DMV’s “DriveVermont” Simulation

As mentioned, we’ve been lucky to partner with the Vermont DMV. We are both proud to say the DriveVermont course we created together was able to educate drivers and allow them to prepare for driving without any risks on the roads. 

The specifications for the project included accessibility features, as well as the ability for users with low bandwidth or lower end computer systems to access the training module. With this in mind, a Flash-based learning tool with text that can be increased in size, as well as audio which narrates all text within the modules was created. Upon anonymous registration and login which allows users to start back where they left off at any time, users are taken through each lesson where they learn valuable information about the laws of driving. 

In order to keep the modules from being simply page turning, users are asked scenario-based questions throughout the lessons including multiple choice questions, drag and drop, matching, and even controlling a virtual vehicle through a scenario. At the end of all lessons, users take a practice exam which prepare them for the actual exam that they will take to receive their driver’s permit. Upon successful completion of the practice exam, users can print out a certificate of completion. Additionally, users receive feedback on questions they missed which direct them to the appropriate section to review.

The Results

After implementing DriveVermont, the agency has seen a 25% increase in the passing rates for state exams. Additionally, Vermont is now ranked as the 9th safest driving state in the US. 

With improvements like that, it is safe to say that online learning is a great fit for driver’s education courses.

Conclusion

Whether you are with a DMV needing driver's ed courses or a company that requires transportation, proper preparation is very important. If you are in need of online courses that will take your driving safety and skills to the next level, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities and how we can support you.