What's in the Drug & Alcohol Course?

First, basic information: The class is required in Connecticut of all applicants for a driver's license, teens & adults. It is 8 hours of instruction. Adults can take the class in one day, but teen classes must be in several parts because of Connecticut regulations.

  • The adult class is on Sundays from 10am to 7pm with a one-hour lunch.

  • Teen classes begin every other Saturday 2pm to 6pm and continue on Mondays 7pm to 9pm and finish on Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm.

1. Introduction: alcohol & substance problems

2. Physiological & psychological effects of alcohol

3. Alcohol's effects on the driving task

4. CT alcohol laws

5. The nature of alcohol-related crashes

6. Dealing with driver fatigue

7. Preventing road rage

8. Developing good seeing habits

9. Highway driving

10. Emergencies & driving under adverse


Though the classes are called Drug & Alcohol by everyone including the DMV, it actually involves 10 topics:

We begin with Seeing Habits since safe driving depends almost entirely on what you see and the judgements you make based on that information. We emphasize that any impairment or distraction that impacts seeing and judgement create dangers for all drivers on the road. That is why we focus on cellphones, drugs, and alcohol after first discussing developing expert seeing habits.

There are 4 easy quizzes required. Students get their CS-1 certificates required for the road test at the DMV at the conclusion of the class.