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State overhauls driver's manual in attempt to improve test scores



TALLAHASSEE - With a few emojis, a handful of colorful graphics and more concise language, the state of Florida hopes it has created a less-dry driver's handbook that will improve passing rates on its significantly tougher driver's license exam.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released a new driver's manual on Friday that is meant to be easier to understand and less intimidating than the previous manual, particularly for younger motorists. While the new document has the same number of pages as the previous manual (104), it has added splashes of colorful graphics and more charts. Moreover, it reorganized the order of the book to keep readers' attention.

In the previous edition, the first 45 pages were dedicated largely to dry statutes and regulations about driver's license eligibility and insurance laws. But by page 6 in the new manual, readers will find an emoji skeleton warning: "You Snooze, You Lose."

DHSMV executive director Terry L. Rhodes was determined to create a handbook that is "more captivating and engaging," said Beth Frady, communications director for the agency.

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[Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2016 7:33pm]


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