Driver’s education (or “driver’s ed”) is a program that teaches individuals the skills and knowledge necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle. It typically includes both classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training, and may be required by state law for individuals who are obtaining their first driver’s license. The curriculum typically covers topics such as traffic laws, defensive driving techniques, and the effects of drugs and alcohol on driving ability. The goal of driver’s education is to prepare new drivers for the responsibilities of operating a vehicle and to reduce the risk of accidents involving inexperienced drivers.

Driver’s education is not a replacement for a driver’s license, which is issued by the state after an individual has passed a driving test. Additionally, driver’s education does not guarantee that an individual will be a safe driver, as it is ultimately up to the individual to make responsible decisions while operating a vehicle. It is also not a mandatory requirement for all states, some states have different rules for getting a driver’s license. Even if it is mandatory, it does not include all aspects of driving, for example, the actual driving test, the knowledge of the local roads and traffic rules. It is only a preparation for the actual driving test.