Driving Education

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A serious part of our culture revolves around private transportation in personal automobile's, it is almost hard to imagine living in the free world without a drivers license. More people die in car crashes each year compared to any war the United States has ever taken part in. For Americans, driving defines our way of life.

In the early 1930's a growing concern of driving safety became an issue that led to the importance of creating a system to educate and license drivers. The leaders in this field: Albert W. Whitney, Herbert J. Stack, and Amos E. Neyhart created methods that these education professors developed focused around a set of concepts. Five main concepts dealing with responsibility of driving, effective habits when driving, a high standard of vehicle operation, driving safely, and the job opportunities available when one has the ability to drive.

The volume of cars on the road increase each year, which contributes to the amount of accidents that occur.

The amount of sixteen-year-old drivers has significantly grown larger since 1995. This growth in the amount of teen drivers each year is attributed to a "Baby Boom Echo", or in other words the baby boomer's kids who are reaching the age to drive. Through the future, this increase will continue into 2010. So with this increase in Wilson 2 drivers, a call for educating these drivers led to having many schools across the nation to start teaching road safety to kids of all ages. This education began at the elementary level by teaching kids the safe ways to ride the bus to and from school. Learning traffic signs, looking both ways when crossing the street, and making sure to always wear their seat belts.

Everyday, close to 130 people die in car crashes across the United States, averaging...