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High School Electives: Driver’s Education and Auto Shop

We have two teenage boys in our house and you know what that means. Driving a car is just around the corner. We found two resources that will help us prepare our teens for the privilege of driving. I hope if you have an up and coming teenage driver that you will check these programs out.

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We found DriversEd.com online driver’s education class and my son highly recommends it for teens in any state to prepare for their learner’s permit.

Here are some of his thoughts:

I was able to make good use of my time and go at my own pace. There were animated sections, videos, and lots of places to get involved with the lessons. I was glad I was not just sitting and reading from the screen. I think this course prepared me for the written test at the DMV. I would definitely recommend this program.

As parents, we  wanted him to have a thorough knowledge of the rules of the road before we went in to take the written test for his driver’s permit. I watched over his shoulder quite a bit as he worked through this program and I was very happy with the quality of the lessons. I also appreciated that there were plenty of opportunities for him to take practice tests to build up his confidence. There also was accountability built into the system so I could be as hands-on or hands-off as I wanted. The added benefit of taking an online course for Driver’s Education is that he was able to complete the program in his free time and it was far cheaper than the classroom version offered in our local area. There are courses for each state so you will need to pop over to their website for a complete listing of each state’s requirements and for prices.


My husband and I have had the goal of offering our sons an auto shop type class once they hit their teen years. I stumbled upon Auto UpKeep doing an internet search and then read the review on Rainbow Resource. I was convinced to give it a try.

We are in the third chapter of the book and both my son and I are finding it to be an excellent program. It is a great mix of reading, researching, and lab activities. Each chapter has lab activities to perform with a car in real life. This program is going to prepare my son to not only complete light maintenance for an auto but it also includes chapters on buying cars, safety, and emergency information. He will be learning how to change a tire, change the oil, check the spark plugs, and many more things that every person should know who owns a car. I highly recommend this program which includes a workbook, lab sheets, and tests in the homeschool kit.

Written by Barb-Harmony Art mom.  She also blogs at http://www.harmonyartmom.blogspot.com

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Barb McCoy- Harmony Art Mom writes about homeschooling their teens on her blog Harmony Art Mom. and taking family outdoor adventures on her other blog, Handbook of Nature Study. She is the author and host for the Outdoor Hour Challenge and a series of ebooks helping families get started with simple nature study. Barb also founded Harmony Fine Arts which helps homeschoolers with their art and music appreciation.

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  • Driving Lessons Bournemouth March 15, 2010, 12:09 pm

    I am a driving instructor, and although there are currently 2 questions at the start of a test about the car (for ex. how to de-mist windows), I think eventually other things will be (and should be) introduced, such as how to change a tyre.
    .-= Driving Lessons Bournemouth´s last blog ..Observer on test =-.

  • Driving lessons poole February 10, 2012, 5:01 pm

    As a driving instructor it is very encouraging to see parent’s taking such a strong interest in their child learning to drive, I also agree that a good knowledge of auto upkeep is just as essential as driving skills to keeping them safe on the road and I’ll take a look at the workbook to recommend it to my pupils.

  • Lynn May 2, 2014, 11:53 am

    We, too, are using Auto Upkeep as a high school elective. My son is thoroughly enjoying it and we’ve enjoyed the benefits of having him learn about and check the various systems in the car. He also views the “Eric the Car Guy” videos on YouTube as he’s completing each chapter; it gives him more in depth explanations and visuals to help him understand the concepts. In the Auto Upkeep chapter test answers, however, I was surprised to read the answer to Chapter 18, question #14. “The fossil fuels (non-renewable) that we use today formed over hundreds of millions of years. ” I beg to differ. Otherwise, I agree it’s a great intro to auto maintenance course.

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