YouTube may make you a better driver

January 18, 2008 6:09:17 PM PST
The DMV has posted instructional material on the popular web site YouTube.

Drivers education teachers, like Erik Caswell, aren't surprised. Only half of Californians who take the behind-the-wheel test for the first time pass.

"As far as teenagers are concerned, they're only required to do six hours in driving school. The other 50 hours that's required is with Mom and Dad," says Erik Caswell, A-1 Driving School.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has posted numerous instructional videos on the popular site to help more teens pass the behind-the-wheel test.

It also lists the top ten reasons why Californians get a failing grade, including poor road scanning.

We asked a DMV spokesman if he thought it was helping teens cheat on the test.

"No, not at all. It's giving them additional resources and tools to pass the test with driver safety in mind," says Mike Marando, DMV spokesman.

At the drivers' ed class at Franklin High School, students welcomed the way state leaders are speaking their language.

"I really only want to take the test once so I can get out there and drive," says Mikey Saso, student.

"Most of our students are visual. If you can teach them or give them instruction by using technology, they're going to learn a lot faster than reading the DMV handbook," says Mark Talan, teacher.

YouTube videos are timely. California is experiencing a historic teen population boom with more than 600,000 16-year-olds this year.

Check out the DMV's oufficial YouTube page by clicking here.