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Drivers' Education usually means high school students jumping behind the wheel of a car for the first time, but now it may also be in front of a computer screen.

This past spring, Buhler High School in Kansas started what is said to be that state's first online driver education program. Students study a textbook at home and take quizzes at any computer with Internet access. They must show up for a final exam--and to take on-road-driving lessons--but the rest of the work can be done at the students' own pace. Most of the learning still takes place in the car, similar to any other driver education program.

Online driver education and traffic safety programs are available in other states as well, including California and Indiana. The American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association calls online education "an acceptable method" of delivering the classroom component of a course but says, "The behind-the-wheel instruction phase of driver education should not be attempted by computer-assisted methods. It should occur only in a car."
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