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HCC brining New Driver Car Control Clinic here on April 27

April 10, 2007

Hagerstown Community College is bringing the nationally acclaimed New Driver Car Control Clinic, a hands-on, in-car accident avoidance and defensive driving skills clinic for teens and their parents to the Hagerstown Community College campus on Friday, April 27.

This popular behind-the-wheel clinic focuses on teaching parents and teens critical accident-avoidance maneuvers and defensive-driving skills such as:

· Eye management - judging spatial relationships;

· Steering management - making the car go precisely where you want it to, even in an emergency, and;

· Brake management - the so-called "panic stop" without the panic.

The exercises are performed in a series of cone patterns on both wet and dry pavement.

Hands-on clinic sessions are limited to 10 parent-student teams per session. Families use their own car - preferably the one the teen is most likely to drive. Teens need to have at least a learner's permit. Each team receives 90 minutes of classroom and four hours of in-car instruction, a 45-minute DVD and 56-page workbook with diagrams of 10 exercises, a log and a parent-teen contract so that they can continue to practice and learn these life-saving maneuvers.

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The New Driver Car Control Clinic is a 10-year-old program developed by automotive journalist and racecar driver David Thompson. The Florida Department of Highway Safety tracked clinic graduates over four years and reports that those graduates have 77 percent fewer crashes than their untrained peers. The curriculum is an adaptation of the skills taught to fire, police and other emergency vehicle drivers.

Tuition is $159 per parent/student team. Advance registration is required. Contact Jack Drooger at 301-790-2800, ext. 453, or droogerj@hagerstowncc.edu for more information.

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