CHP hosts teen driving class |

CHP hosts teen driving class

The Union staff

The California Highway Patrol will be offering a "Start Smart" teen driving class from 6-8 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 24, at the new Grass Valley Area CHP office.

This class is designed to introduce new and/or young drivers to safe driving techniques, giving them tools to prevent and avoid collisions. Participants in the class will learn about general driving hazards, including the dangers of distracted driving, such as texting and using mobile phones while driving. The importance of wearing seat belts and other tips will be discussed.

Some of the material covered in this class is unique and not available in other courses. This includes an analysis of recent collisions from the local area and collisions involving fatalities. Several videos will be shown for learning purposes.

The class is designed for young and/or new drivers from the region. Children who will be driving in the near future are also encouraged to attend. The appropriate age range is generally from 14-19 years old. At least one parent/guardian is strongly encouraged to attend with each student. Multiple parents/guardians may attend for each student, space permitting.

This is a popular class and space is limited. Interested drivers and parents need to reserve a space in class by contacting the CHP at 530-477-4900. Officers will be available after the class to answer specific questions and provide further guidance, if desired.

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