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Driver's Education 


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Is your child turning 16 soon?   

Permit applications and online Pennsylvania Driver's Manuals can be found online on the PA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website at When applying for a Learner's Permit, please remember that a doctor's physical is needed to complete the application and the DMV is CLOSED on Mondays. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  An appointment is NOT needed to take the permit test, but is necessary for the DMV Behind-the-Wheel licensing test.


Behind-the-Wheel Training 

The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 (CLIU) Behind-the-Wheel program is available to all students once they have obtained their valid PA Learner's Permit. Register online at If you have questions regarding the Behind-the-Wheel lessons, please call 610-769-4111 x1299 or e-mail

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Attention Current Freshmen: The CLIU-21 offers a Behind-the-Wheel program for students who have completed the in-class or online theory course. Students can register for the Summer Session if they wish to complete this requirement before September. Contact Tammy Bennick at if interested.

Summer Driving Reminders:

Summer, nice weather, more free time and new drivers can be a dangerous mix.  As a parent, please continue to talk with your teen about the dangers and hazards of distracted driving and reinforce how to be a safe, defensive driver. 

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It is now illegal to text on your phone while driving. Officers who see drivers texting can stop them and write a ticket for that offense. Texting while driving carries a $50 fine, in addition to several other fees and points on their license. 

A good, defensive driver not only obeys all driving laws and uses safe driving techniques, but also tries to predict hazards before they occur. Some safe tips to remind your child of include, but are not limited to:

Limit passengers and ban texting (key sources of teen distraction). AT&T has a series of YouTube videos called 'Faces of Distracted Driving' which document real-life accidents that were caused by cell phone use. If you know or suspect your child or their friends use their phones, make it a point to watch and discuss these dangers! In addition to texting, many are using the internet and social media when they drive.

Keep off the road late at night (when teens are likely to be fatigued and/or joyriding). 

Use your seat belt always. This is critical due to teens’ elevated crash risk and the lifesaving benefit of proper restraint.

● Maintain a safe, 4-second following distance when possible.

● Slow down when the roads are wet. Braking distance doubles when roads are wet.

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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.
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  • 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.

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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. 


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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.