After finding very little resources for her teen driver, Kathy Allegrini a Colusa County Library employee suggested that the County Library offer DMV Practice Tests available through its website.
“There aren’t any resources in the county schools for driver’s education,” said Allegrini, “and this is a great program for the county.”
Celebrating its 100th year, the Colusa County Library is evaluating its services and looking for creative ways to increase patrionship.
“The driving test website is easy to use and up to date,” said Colusa County Librarian Stacey Zwald-Costello, “it’s not only great for teens, but for those seeking to re-educate themselves on the rules of the road, or prepare for their commercial license.”
Colusa County is just one of the 1,000 Public Libraries across the country partnered with Driving-Tests.org.
According to Zwald-Costello, Driving-Tests.org fills a need concerning new driver safety education behind the wheel.
As traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly 40 percent of new drivers fail their written exams the first time they take them according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In an effort to help new drivers pass their driving tests without concern and become safer drivers on the road, Driving-Tests.org offers FREE online practice permit tests created by experts based on each state’s driving manual. The site has had more than 4.5 million unique users since 2010.
In April of 2014, Driving-Tests.org launched the pro bono community-based online driver education program as a public service initiative providing public libraries, colleges and universities across the nation with ad- free on-line permit practice tests and educational best practices to increase the driver safety skills of their patrons.
“The practice driver’s license tests have been very useful,” said Rebecca Wilcox, Director of the Doniphan-Ripley County Library. “New drivers can practice and then not be so nervous when they take the real state-sponsored test. The availability of these tests has been a real crowd-pleaser.”
“We are passionate about online driver education and setting high standards in the United States to help lower the number of teen driver-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities,” said Andrei Zakhareuski, Founder of Driving-Tests.org. “Car crashes are the number one killer of teens and this partnership with public and private libraries helps us to prepare more drivers not only for their permit tests but more importantly for their safety on the road.”
The program is quickly growing and now providing service to libraries across 49 states.
The Colusa County Library Drivers Test Program can found by visiting http://countyofcolusa.org/index.aspx?nid=24 or if you don’t have a computer or internet access, Zwald-Costell commented that County patrons can visit their local library and use one of the internet accessible computers available.