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Virginia Driver Education and Traffic Safety Course

VADETS is Virginia’s teacher association for the improvement of driver education & traffic safety. 

The goal of driver education is to transfer traffic safety knowledge and skills into injury prevention behaviors. Successful completion of a state-approved driver education program does not, in itself, make a teenager a responsible, experienced driver. The ability to move a car skillfully is not the same thing as the ability to drive safely. Driving is a complex psychomotor task requiring mastery of various performance skills. It requires identifying, processing and accurately evaluating risks in the driving environment, developing appropriate responses to minimize these risks, and gaining experience to predict what actions others may take. Statistically, teen drivers have a disproportionately high percentage of vehicle crashes. The commonly cited theories to explain this age group’s high crash rate are: immaturity, lack of experience, attitude, and a perception of immortality. The family, not the school, is in the best position to have a sustained effect on minimizing the risks faced by inexperienced drivers and encouraging responsible behaviors. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on extended supervised practice with a licensed parent or guardian to develop precision in the application of skills and processes to effectively manage risks.

The VADETS online driver education course provides an alternative educational opportunity for public, private and home-schooled students. 

This course was designed by experienced Virginia Driver Education teachers and is  approved by the Departments of Education and Motor Vehicles for public, private, and home-schooled students with proper documentation. 

To be eligible to take this online driver education classroom, the student and parent MUST AGREE to the terms listed below.

    • The student MUST log into the program within 7 days of the class beginning. Failure to log in will result in being dropped from the class.

    • In order to receive a certificate of completion, the student must spend a MINIMUM of 30 hours on the program.

    • Our pacing guide allows students to complete up to 2 of the 12 modules each week.


    • The student must read every page of the text.

    • The student must receive at least 85% proficiency on each quiz in order to move forward (100% for topic quizzes and Signs, Signals, and Pavement Marking quizzes).

    • The student must complete every quiz, module test and the final exam without any assistance.

    • The student must complete all requirements of a module before I will be allowed to move to the next module.

    • The student understands that submitting someone else’s assignments will result in expulsion from the course. To increase accountability, my final exam must be monitored.  Your online teacher will explain acceptable monitoring.

    • If (within the first 7 days) The student decides the program is not suited for me, they may apply for a $75 refund.

    • The student understands no refund will be issued after 7 days.

    • The student understands that they only have three attempts to score an 85% on the final exam or they will have to retake the course without a refund.

    • The student understands the exam must be proctored in person by a teacher, local librarian, or other approved adult. (not a parent or sibling)

Effective July 1, 2022, all students enrolled in classroom driver education must complete a student/parent component. This component has been incorporated into the VADETS online driver education program and needs to be completed with a parent.  District 8 students must attend an in-person presentation.

Upon successful completion of the course, the parent will receive by mail a Certificate of Completion Form. Once you have received the certificate of completion the student can enroll in a state-approved behind-the-wheel driver education course.

Online Learning is not for everyone. The student must:

  • Make a personal commitment.

  • Be self-motivated.

  • Be able to learn independently.

  • Be computer literate.

  • Have good time-management skills.

  • Have effective written communication skills.

  • Have an email address and Internet access.

If this course sounds like a good fit for your child, register and pay for the course at https://vadriveredcourses.vadets.info/ .

The cost for this course is $119.00

If you lost your child's DEC card and need to purchase a replacement for $10 + shipping cost, click the "Buy Duplicate DEC" box below.

For more information, please contact the administrator of the course at vadetsonline@gmail.com

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