Saturday, March 15, 2014
The first driving school in the world opens for business in London, England; the British School of Motoring. In the US, the first driver-training and auto-maintenance classes were established in the spring of 1935 by industrial engineering professor, Amos Neyhart at the State College Area School District in State College, Pennsylvania. Spurred-on by President Roosevelt’s New Deal Policy to create jobs, the curriculum was expanded and by 1940, was a required segment of the high school curriculum. Professor Neyhart then worked together with the American Automobile Association to create driver training courses on a national scale. Despite the professor’s best efforts, the number of auto accidents continued to climb.