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Texas Driver Education Law Changes


The on-road driving test for new drivers getting a driver license returns to Texas. Patrick Barrett, author of Driver Ed in a Box ®,, states that “Now that Governor Perry has signed House Bill 339, teenagers will once again go through the ritual of taking an actual driving test on the road.”

Mr. Barrett also states “However, I believe the major impact of this bill is that for the first time the public will see the collision-rates of the graduates of the individual schools that offer driver education to the public.” It was Mr. Barrett who introduced the collection of the statistical data to enable the public to make an informed choice and to hold driver educators accountable.

House Bill 339, authored by Representative Larry Phillips, has several other parts to it and can viewed at its entirety at

“Accountability is something the driver education community has avoided for some time. The collection of statistical data may encourage driving schools, both public and private, to focus on producing safer drivers and not simply pushing teens through to getting a driver license,” says Mr. Barrett, a nationally recognized expert in collision-free driving.

House Bill 339 was signed by Governor Perry on June 19, 2009 and it becomes effective on September 1, 2009. As a result of this Bill, an on-road driving test will be required for minors, drivers aged 16 and 17, who are getting their driver license. Driving instructors can no longer waive the actual driving test.

Driver Ed in a Box®, which was designed from the ground up by Mr. Barrett, provides the tools parents need to work together with their teen at a pace that is comfortable for each of them. The fully integrated materials include audio CDs, video on DVD, a textbook, a student workbook, and training mirrors for use in the in-vehicle training. The parent materials are thorough, well organized and are designed to help build the teen’s confidence in driving. Parents provide first-hand experience to their teen and in the process build the teen’s confidence as a new driver.

Driver Ed in a Box® provides parents and teens with a complete, safety-oriented process for teaching the teen the techniques of collision-free driving.

A study of Texas driving records shows that 16 and 17 year old graduates of Driver Ed in a Box® have a collision rate of less than two percent (2%) compared to all other programs in Texas whose graduates have a collision rate of eleven percent (11%). You can access this study at

About Driver Ed in a Box, LLC:
Driver Ed in a Box, LLC was started by Patrick L. Barrett (Pat), a nationally known expert in training for collision-free driving. We are a company with a mission to provide families with the knowledge and tools necessary to build the habits of safe, collision-free driving.


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