New driver's ed: More interaction, more practice - and, seriously, no texting

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GRESHAM, Ore. – Gone are the days of having one driver’s ed teacher.

Now, students have a classroom full of them.

At least that’s the case for Jerry Tucker’s class at Centennial High School in Gresham.

Tucker said the new learning style at Oregon driver’s ed classes focuses more on interaction and practice than rule memorization.

“Figuring it all out ... being aware of surroundings ... it's nerve-wracking at first,” he said.

Also new in classrooms: A strong emphasis on not texting while driving.

Tucker said he asks his students to vow not to do so, and that all of them have.

“I've seen my grandma text and drive,” said Tristyn Williams. “Me and my cousin just get on her about it.  We keep telling her every time to put her phone away, not touch it. I don't know why she does it.”

KATU visited Tucker’s class as part of a focus on National Teen Driver Safety Week.

If you’d like to start a conversation with your teen driver, download our vehicle-use agreement and set some ground rules.