Driver education helps prevent fatal crashes

In 2019 4,356 people were killed in crashes involving drivers under age 20.

Of these fatalities, 1,603 were young drivers ( Statistics show that teenagers contribute to and suffer from the consequences of automobile collisions at a disproportionate rate than other drivers.

Teens ages 16-19 are nearly three times as likely as drivers age 20 or older to be in a fatal crash (

Driver education can help prevent motor vehicle crashes and improve the skills of young drivers on the road. 

The Great Basin College (GBC) driver education course teaches students how to drive safely around large trucks; how to avoid unexpected objects in the road; how to drive through roundabouts; and techniques for driving in adverse weather conditions.

The course also addresses how to handle distractions and peer pressure, the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and how to prevent falling asleep at the wheel. 

GBC is offering three online Driver Education courses this spring. Classes start Feb. 9, March 16, and April 20. A summer class is scheduled to begin June 13. 

Nevada state law currently requires all drivers under age 18 to take a 30-hour driver education course if one is offered within 30 miles of their home. Great Basin College driver education classes provide a solid foundation of the knowledge and skills necessary for teens to become safe drivers. The course fee is $75.

To register for GBC driver education, go to; email; or call 775-327-2380 or 775-327-5300.

Great Basin College, “The Gold Standard in the Silver State”, offers certificates, associate and bachelor’s degrees in academic, career, and technical education areas. 

GBC serves students enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. 

Branch campuses also serve the communities of Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca. Satellite centers are also located across rural Nevada. We border Arizona, 

Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. 

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