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Driver's Education 


Spring driving tips for new drivers:

  • Avoid Distractions. Keep your eyes on the road at all times. The weather is beautiful and the flowers will soon bloom. You have plenty of time to enjoy this, but NOT when you are behind the wheel.
driving by field of flowers


  • Have your junior license?  Remember, PA Law states you may only have 1 non-family member in the car with you. Also, make sure ALL your passengers wear their seatbelts.


  • Be prepared for changing light conditions. Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your car and look downward toward the right side of your lane to avoid being temporarily blinded by sun glare and high beam headlights.


  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated. As the temperature begins to rise, so does the air pressure in your tires. Remember the PSI on the sidewall of your tire is the MAXIMUM pressure; check your owner's manual for tips and recommendations for your car.


Attention Current Freshmen: If you are interested in taking the summer Driver Ed Theory course, pick up a registration form located outside Mrs. Bennick's office in the Main Office. There is a $175 fee for this course which runs from June 24 - July 3 from 8 AM to 12 PM.

Driver's Education 


Attention Parents of Current 9th Grade PHS Students:

All 10th grade students will be scheduled for a one semester Driver Education theory course which consists of four class periods for each six-day cycle.  It is an excellent way for your child to not only prepare for their PA Learner's Permit, but also provides numerous hands-on presentations and several guest speakers to help introduce and reinforce the importance of being a safe, defensive driver. 

For students who have a challenging schedule planned for 10th grade, if they would benefit from extra study halls to complete other school work, OR if they will be turning 16 soon, an optional 30-hour summer enrichment course is offered to take in lieu of the semester course.  If your child would like to take the Driver Education - Theory course during the summer, green registration packets are now available from Mrs. Bennick’s office.  Students can register for our course, which will start Monday, June 24 – Wednesday, July 3 from 8 AM – 12 PM.  The cost is $175, and students must register for our course by the last day of the school year, Friday, June 14.  This course is also open to students who are Parkland residents who attend other schools.  Questions?  Please contact Mrs. Bennick at or at 610-351-5600. 


Driver's Education 


Reminders about the Driver's Education Theory Course

All students who complete the in-class theory course receive a certificate upon completion.  It is recommended that it be filed with either your child's report cards or car insurance information.  A photocopy of this certificate will need to be submitted to the CLIU-21 if your child enrolls in the Behind-the-Wheel program. This program consists of 6 hours of instruction and enables them to take their road test at PHS to obtain a driver's license (allowing you to avoid securing an appointment at the Department of Motor Vehicles).  Another copy should be given to your insurance company when your child is added to your policy.  Most insurance companies offer discounts for both driving programs. Also, ask your agent about other discounts that may be available to you.

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The theory course is a graduation requirement in Parkland School District and students typically complete it during their sophomore year.  Students who had the classroom portion during marking periods 1 and 2 have received their certificates.  Please ask them for the certificate if they have not given it to you.  Students completing the course during marking periods 3 and 4 will be issued their certificates in June.

For more information, or to register for the Behind-the-Wheel program, visit  Students are eligible to register as soon as they obtain their learner's permit.  Contact 610-769-4111 x1299 or email if you have any specific questions.




Driver's Education 


The CLIU-21 offers On-the-Road-Skills Training that consists of six hours of individual behind-the-wheel training for students who have their PA learner's permit. Register online at by selecting the 'Behind-the-Wheel Training' option.  Follow the prompts; if you have any questions, please call 610-769-4111, ext. 1299 or email


Tips for Maintaining Tire Traction in the Winter

photo of tire on snowy road

Awareness of your speed, acceleration, and braking can help you keep from losing tire traction on the road when turning and stopping.

A few other tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay away from the tire tracks of other vehicles. Packed snow is more likely to cause your wheels to spin.
  • Make any accelerations gradually.
  • Decrease your speed. The higher your speed, the easier it will be to lose traction.
  • Don't be afraid to stop. If conditions get really bad, don't let the pressure of getting where you are going on time get in the way of your judgment. Whenever driving conditions become unsafe, pull off the road and wait. Pushing through on roads that have not been plowed during a storm that has taken a turn for the worse, will cause more problems in the long run than if you are a little late for your destination.
  • Stay home. Even better, if the weather prediction is bad, choose to stay home and stay off the roads if possible.

Driver's Education 

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Safe Driving Winter Tips

When it is raining, snowing, or below freezing, the roads will be even more dangerous. In this type of weather, use extra caution when you encounter:

  • Exit ramps - A turn that is too sharp or taken too fast could cause you to lose control if the road is slippery.
  • Bridges - Surfaces on bridges are the first to freeze.
  • Black ice - This transparent ice often looks like nothing more than a wet road. These icy spots are most prevalent when temperatures are near freezing.
  • Intersections - Brake early when you come to stop signs or red lights.
  • Windy areas - The wind can make your car drift. Drifting, combined with slippery conditions, can make it easier to lose control.


Note: To register a student for the CLIU-21 Behind-the-Wheel program, visit or call 610-769-4111, ext.1299.