Drivers Education
Here you'll find the laws regulating drivers education in Alabama, along with online courses, local driving schools, and more to help you teach your teen to drive.
Driver Education for the Homeschooled Student in Alabama
Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving
Most driving literature for parents focuses on how to teach a teen to drive, without explaining why teen driving is so dangerous in the first place or giving parents a plan to preempt the hazards teens face. By contrast, Not So Fast empowers and guides parents to understand the causes and situations that most often lead to teen crashes and to take specific, proactive steps—before and each time a teen driver gets behind the wheel—to counteract them. This authoritative guide tackles hot button issues such as texting and distracted driving, parenting attitudes (conscious and unconscious), and teen impairment and fatigue—and includes a combination of topics not found in other teen driving guides, such as:
  • How brain development affects driving
  • Why driver’s ed does not produce safe drivers
  • How and why to prepare a “flight plan” for each drive before handing over the keys
  • How and when to say no
Crash-Proof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver
Every year, six million sons and daughters will become first-time drivers. Fifty-eight percent of them will be involved in a car accident within a year of getting their license, and a significant portion of these crashes will be fatal. But here's the good news: research has shown that car crashes can be reduced by up to 30 percent when you, the parent, are actively involved in your teen's instruction and set certain limits.

In Crashproof Your Kids, certified driving instructor and dad Timothy Smith has combined the collective wisdom of numerous experts to develop the Crashproof Plan: a series of behind-the-wheel exercises designed to improve your teen's driving awareness, behavior, and skill in a way that fits your schedule. Written in a highly accessible, informal, and often humorous style, this comprehensive plan begins where drivers' education programs end, and includes:

• A step-by-step plan to develop your teen's braking, car control, and defensive driving skills

• How to handle road emergencies and basic car maintenance

• Tips on helping your teen deal with dangerous distractions, including peer pressure and the use of alcohol and drugs

• The Crashproof Contract, which outlines the expectations, responsibilities, and rules of the road for both the teen and the parent

You'll get plenty of help on how to communicate vital driving concepts to your teen, and you'll laugh, learn, and sympathize with stories from parents who have already been there. Crashproof Your Kids is an essential resource for any parents wanting to help their teenagers successfully navigate the single most dangerous activity they'll ever undertake.
National Driver Training
National Driver Training is a nationally certified program that offers parent taught driver education materials. Their approach is Graduated Driver Licensing, beginning with classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training, and moving into additional hours behind-the-wheel. They measure achievement and graduation on performance skill and experience, not on a training clock.
Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Alabama
Your first step toward driving in Alabama is obtaining an AL learner license (or learner's permit). You must be at least 15 years old to apply, and you will need to pass a written knowledge test. Once you have passed your DMV written permit test, you will be issued your learner license, which is valid for 4 years. You may now practice driving when supervised by a licensed driver at least 21 years old in the front passenger seat at all times.
Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens
Sixteen is by far the most dangerous age on the road. A 16-year-old is twelve times more likely than older drivers to die in a crash as a single occupant. Put two young teens in a vehicle, and the odds of death and injury nearly double. Despite these sobering facts, the procedure for obtaining a driver’s license in most states remains minimal. Commercial driving schools, even the most competent and conscientious among them, cannot possibly provide complete instruction. This book helps to address this enormous problem and is an indispensable guide for teaching teens to drive for parents and teens to use together. Each new lesson provides simple instructions and important tips to remember. It also addresses parental issues such as "How do I choose a car for my teen?". With simple graphics, a complete index, "ABC's for the Road," and a mini-encyclopedia for teens, the book offers a valuable tool for all new drivers and their teachers.
Responsible Driving, Student Edition
This easy-to-read book features explanations of safe driving techniques and is used in many states as a textbook for in-class driving instruction. It is a great learning tool for a new driver and a good refresher for the more experienced driver.
Driver's Education a Concern for Most Homeschooling Parents
Homeschool parents have many concerns and questions when their child reaches the age to drive. Here are links and information that may answer your questions, help you find a driver's ed course, and help you save on your insurance rates.
Driver Ed in a Box®
Driver Ed in a Box® is a parent taught driver education course offering both classroom and in-vehicle phases. This course offers interactive CDs, audio CDs, and a DVD. They also include a Parent Companion with instructions and information to assist you during the training of your new driver.
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
In this brilliant, lively, and eye-opening investigation, Tom Vanderbilt examines the perceptual limits and cognitive underpinnings that make us worse drivers than we think we are. He demonstrates why plans to protect pedestrians from cars often lead to more accidents. He uncovers who is more likely to honk at whom, and why. He explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our quest for safety, and even identifies the most common mistake drivers make in parking lots. Traffic is about more than driving: it's about human nature. It will change the way we see ourselves and the world around us, and it may even make us better drivers.
How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver

Want your child to be the best--and safest--driver possible? This book is for you! Ben Collins is a professional driver and is a former Top Gear Stig driver. He offers strategies for increasing control and safety and to encourage fun and efficient driving for all skill levels. 

Driver's Education Test Preparation and Practice
How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver

Want your child to be the best--and safest--driver possible? This book is for you! Ben Collins is a professional driver and is a former Top Gear Stig driver. He offers strategies for increasing control and safety and to encourage fun and efficient driving for all skill levels. 

DMV Test Practice Driving Questions
This book is a selection of 250 questions, answers and rationales in printed form. Questions pertain to national driving standards and are not specific to any single US state. Learn where your knowledge strengths and weaknesses are before you show up to the DMV to take your actual exam.
Alabama Laws & Regulations for Teen Drivers
Alabama Graduated Drivers License Law
Alabama has a Graduated Drivers License (GDL) Law which includes three stages: Learner's Permit, Restricted License, and Unrestricted License.
Licensing & State Laws in Alabama
Alabama’s multi-stage licensing process allows teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations, easing them into driving over an extended period of time. The learner’s permit and restricted stages are key steps.
Driver's License Information for Alabama Homeschoolers
As a homeschooler in Alabama, you must print out and complete the Enrollment/Exclusion Form and have it signed by the administrator of your school. This article outlines the requirements of obtaining both your learner's license and passing your driver's exam.
Synopsis of Graduated Driver License
The Guide to Revised Graduated Driver License details the Graduated Driver License program, effective July 2010.
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