Rules of the Road
Teens can become street smart while watching “Rules of the Road.” The topics include: Driving Basics, City and Residential Driving, Highway Driving, The Driver’s Exam, Safety Tips, Tips for Hazardous Conditions and Drug and Alcohol Awareness. There are interactive features which involve taking a quick quiz at the end of each segment. There is a Teacher’s Guide included on the DVD, which can be printed when inserted into a computer DVD-Rom.
Parents and driver’s ed teachers, along with teens, will benefit from viewing this well-organized video presenting all the topics listed in the synopsis. I liked the reality factor of a father/son going out for the son’s first driving lesson. They were in a parking lot [good choice!], and the teen was typical in some of his questions. His father taught him to always use a Check List before driving: rear view mirror, side mirrors, tire pressure, seat comfortable, buckled-up, etc.
I didn’t agree with one statement, when two new teen drivers were driving through a construction zone, and the new driver said: “When you see a construction zone, give em a break!” My thought: “No!” You follow the posted signs/speed limit and flag man if present.
I appreciated that the ending dealt with driving after or while drinking. There was a person from M.A.D.D. [Mothers Against Drunk Drivers], who’s 17 year old son was killed by a drunk driver. This kind of in-your-face-reality is what teen drivers of today need, and it needs to be reinforced frequently, in my opinion. This is excellent material which has multiple uses in many settings: home, school, and driver’s training.