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April 24, 2007

HCC hosts hands-on driving practice for emergencies



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

The behind-the-wheel clinic focuses on teaching parents and teens critical accident-avoidance maneuvers and defensive-driving skills. 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.

The New Driver Car Control Clinic is a 10-year-old program developed by automotive journalist and race car driver David Thompson. The Florida Department of Highway Safety tracked clinic graduates during four years and reported 77 percent fewer crashes for graduates than for their untrained peers.

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

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