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HCC to host driving clinic for teens

April 16, 2007

Hagerstown Community College will host a New Driver Car Control Clinic, a hands-on, in-car accident avoidance and defensive-driving skills clinic for teens and their parents, on Friday, April 27.

The 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.

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

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

Hands-on clinic sessions are limited to 10 parent-student teams per session, and families use their own car. Teens need to have at least a learner's permit.

Each team will receive 90 minutes of classroom instruction and four hours of in-car instruction, a 45-minute DVD and a 56-page workbook with diagrams of 10 exercises, a log and a parent-teen contract so they can continue to practice and learn the maneuvers.

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Tuition is $159 per parent-student team. Advance registration is required.

For information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 453.

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