Friday, March 4, 2011

Car Control Clinic Teaches Life-Saving Lessons

Fauquier Health will once again sponsor a Car Control Clinic for new drivers. A classroom session will be held in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital on Friday, April 1, 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, April 2 and on Sunday, April 3. 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.

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.

I attended this class with my son, who was then preparing to take his driver's test. The sessions were fun and informative. The hands-on driving lessons put lessons into action and gave the young drivers a chance to try out their skills.

The chance to actually try out the techniques was invaluable. On his first day with his new license, my son was driving alone on a rainy night. He came around a corner to find an oversized truck tire in the middle of the narrow country road. He was able to keep control of the car and get home safely, and I give all the credit to the New Driver's Car Control Clinic. For our family, it was a lifesaver.

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