The Placerville CHP office is offering its Start Smart class on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.
The three-hour course is limited enrollment on a first come, first serve basis, said CHP Officer Dan Stark.
The course is meant for “parents and teen drivers,” and is just in time for school starting, Stark said. “It coincides with the beginning of the school year.”
Stark said the course “consists of collision avoidance techniques” and “tips for how to make teens safer drivers. It’s not just for the teens, but for the parents, too. We cover what it means to have a provisional driver in the household.” The course will make the parents “more secure when (teens) go out on their own, instead of having parents wring their hands and wait by the front door.”
The course will be taught using the experience of two officers, as well as a good dose of humor and visuals, Stark said. “We have over 20 years experience each,” he said. “It’ll help tell the kids what can happen out there if they don’t take the responsibility seriously.”
The course, normally only two hours, Stark said, has been extended and is tailored to El Dorado County.
Stark said the class has been reviewed highly by previous participants. “So far, in the past several years, pretty much all the class reviews are positive.”
The decrease in teen accidents and teen DUIs are seen as a direct result of the Start Smart program, Stark said.
He also noted that the certificate of completion can be used to get a lower rate with many insurance companies.
The class is offered at no charge at the CHP office at 3031 Lo HI Way Placerville, CA 95667. For more information, call the CHP office at 530-622-1110.