Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Driver Car Control Clinic Set for September 23

Fauquier Health will once again sponsor a Car Control Clinic for new drivers. A classroom session will be held in the Sycamore rooms at Fauquier Hospital on Thursday, September 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will also get to choose a behind-the-wheel session, offered from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 1 to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 and on Sunday, September 26. Behind-the-wheel classes will be held in the lower parking lot of the Lord Fairfax Community College, Warrenton campus.

The purpose of the clinic is to expose young drivers to emergency situations and give them the opportunity to learn and perform the correct response to each crisis. Each teen attends with a parent, so the parent can learn the techniques and reinforce the messages that are taught. Records show that attendees to the New Driver Control Clinic have 77 percent fewer crashes than their peers.

Having taken this course with my then-17-year-old son, I can say truthfully that it's a lifesaver. A week or two after we received our certificates for completing the class, he was driving home late at night, in the pouring rain. As he came around a corner, he saw in the shadows a large truck tire smack in the middle his lane on the tiny two-lane country road. Because he had manuvered his car around obstacles -- on wet pavement -- during the class, he was able to handle the potential emergency easily. I have heard other parents tell similar stories. It's worth your time. You can bet when it's time for my 13-year-old daughter to climb behind the wheel, we'll be signing up for the class again.

Teen participants must have a Learner’s Permit or a Driver’s License. The cost for each parent/teen pair is $179.

Those interested in attending may visit or call 800-862-3277 to register.

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