Texas Impact Teen Drivers Course: It’s Required and Saves Lives

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Distracted driving is a dangerous problem for people in general, let alone teens whose concentration just might not be there yet. Friends in the car, smartphones, controlling their playlist, even food or drink can take your teen’s eyes off the road at a critical moment. Fact is, distracted driving is the #1 killer of teens. Not drunk driving and not drugs. Texting while driving. It’s with that in mind that DPS started the Impact Texas Teen Drivers [ITTD] course last year. Modeled after a similar program in California, its goal is to educate teens on the unintentional danger they can cause themselves by not paying greater attention behind-the-wheel.

Texas making Distracted Driving into additional required curriculum for Teen Drivers makes a lot of sense. Sure, all teen driver courses cover distracted driving these days but the ITTD course must be completed prior to a road test. In fact, DPS wants the Impact course details fresh in your teen’s mind and must be done no earlier than 90 days prior to a road test. Upon completion of the ITTD course, your teen receives a certificate which must be presented at DPS for their road test. If your teen fails their road test, they are required to retake the ITTD course again. This is required of all teens who have completed a 32 hours teen drivers ed course. While this is not required for Adult Drivers Ed, the information may save a life and is worth the time of plenty of adults as well.

A great example of the sort of facts the course brings to light includes this: Sending the average text can take 5 seconds without your eyes on the road; at 55 MPH that means you drove the length of a football field essentially blindfolded. The two hour course operates on the notion that distracted driving “…is not about bad teens doing bad things, it’s about good teens making poor choices”. This is solid truth because quite honestly, accidents can happen to anyone and we’re all capable of just glancing the wrong way at a critical moment. The course lays out the topic of distracted driving over 8 video sections with a knowledge check at the end of each section.

The course’s 8 sections break down as such:
-LESSON 1: WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER LETHAL?
-LESSON 2: RU LETHAL?
-LESSON 3: IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!
-LESSON 4: DISTRACTED DRIVING KILLS
-LESSON 5: TEXTS CAUSE WRECKS
-LESSON 6: InTEXTicated or InTOXicated
-LESSON 7: GDL
-LESSON 8: WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The knowledge checks are typically 5 true or false questions relating to the material of the completed section. While no score is given, the course must be viewed in full to generate the required certificate of completion, which you can then print out to include with your other required logs and certificates needed to go into written license exam and finally, your road test.

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To register for the Impact Texas Teen Drivers Course, please visit the official ITTD site: https://impacttexasteendrivers.dps.texas.gov/

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