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Somerset Area School District

Health/Physical Education/Safety Education

Course: Highway Safety

Instructor: Mr. Oglevee


Course Description

Highway Safety is a required course normally taken during your sophomore year.  This class meets everyday of the week for one semester.  The behind the wheel portion of this course is a six hour course offered outside of school for a small fee.  Combining these two courses will give you the opportunity to take your license test through the school as well as give you insurance discounts once you receive your license.  Early in the course we will learn the basic information to aid you on your permit test.  Following this portion of the class we will move to more in-depth information on driving and safety.


What can your gain from a highway safety course?

Through driver education/highway safety, you will gain:

- A knowledge of traffic laws, rules of the road, signs and signals, and roadway markings.

-An understanding of the ways in which your personality, emotions, and maturity affect your driving.

- An understanding of how to maneuver and control your vehicle so as to minimize risk in different driving environments.

- An insight into the ways in which alcohol and other drugs impair driving and knowledge of the penalties for their use.

- An understanding of how a vehicle works.

- A knowledge of what to do in case of emergency.

- An awareness of limiting factors for yourself and your vehicle.


Course Outline

License System

Signs and Symbols

Preparing to Drive/ Vehicle Controls

Rules of the Road

Space Management

Basic Maneuvering

Reducing Risk

Personal Factors influencing operator performance

Environmental conditions

Vehicle functions and malfunctions

Emergency Situations

Changing a Tire


Classroom Rules and Procedures

Attendance: As a student it is important that you attend class regularly. When circumstances prevent you from being in class I need to know. You are responsible for any assignments and work that must be completed for class. If you are absent, you are responsible for making up any work missed. Check with me prior to attending any meeting, music lesson, etc. You are not permitted to be late to class. Entering class late will require an admit from the teacher or person that detained you. Tardiness results in one half hour detention.


General Classroom Rules: All rules existing in the Student Handbook will be enforced in this classroom. When I am not in the room you are expected to stay seated in your seat not touching anything in the classroom. Be on time and be ready for class at all times. This means having pencils, pens, notebook, textbook, and your brain ready for learning. Devote your attention to class lecture and discussion while you attend class. Participation is not graded, but you will only benefit by being involved in important classroom discussions. I encourage you to play an active role in class. Have respect for others' opinions and keep an open mind during classroom discussion.  Ipods and cell phones are prohibited at all times.  No food or drink is permitted in room 174.  Must have a planner in order to leave the room at anytime and please use the restroom before and after class to avoid disrupting class.  The room and furniture are brand new, treat them with respect.


Homework: Assignments are used to enhance student learning. Generally assignments will be completed in class, but occasionally some course work must be completed at home. All assignments must be neat and turned in to me on time. No late homework will be accepted. In the event of absences, all work must be turned in the next class period. Arrangements may be made on an individual basis for work to be completed in the event of a lengthy absence. Assignments will be graded on a point system and the total number of points earned by the student will be recorded in the grade-book.


Quizzes: All material covered in the class or in the textbook is "fair game" for either announced or unannounced quizzes. Quizzes are also based on a point system. If you are absent on the day of a quiz, arrangements must be made for you to take the quiz upon your return to school. Failure to make up a quiz will result in a score of zero.


Tests: tests will be given upon the completion of the outlined subject matter. Advance notice will be given for all major tests. It is important that you learn information on a daily basis instead of "cramming" the day before a test.


Grading Policy: The point system will be used to determine your six weeks grade. The grading scale is as follows:

90%= A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, Below 60%=F


Extra Credit: There may be extra credit opportunities, if you feel you need help see me individually for an extra credit assignment.

Last Modified on September 11, 2015