Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fauquier Health Sponsors Driver Clinic for Teens and Parents June 4-6

The Teen Driver Safety Foundation and Fauquier Health are bringing the New Driver Car Control Clinic® to Liberty High School in Bealeton on June 4, 5 and 6.

The clinic is a hands-on, behind-the-wheel program that teaches new drivers and their parents what to do in a traffic emergency.

According to the National Safety Council, one in four teens crashes in their first year driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that 85 percent of crashes involving a 16-year-old are driver error.

Statistical evidence shows that unless your brain is pre-programmed to react properly in a panic situation, you may not react safely. A four-year study of the crash experience of graduates of The New Driver Car Control Clinic shows that teens that completed The New Driver Car Control Clinic had 77 percent fewer crashes than their peers of the same age during the same years.

Each parent-student team (the clinic does not accept a teen without a parent) attends a Friday classroom session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and a four-hour behind-the-wheel session on either Saturday or Sunday using the family’s or teen’s own car. The cost is $179 per team and includes a 56-page workbook and 45-minute DVD, plus a certificate of completion for submission to an insurance company for a possible discount.


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