Safe driving program for teenagers

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The Bristol Regional Medical Center is conducting a New Driver Car Control Clinic the weekend of April 5, 2013.  In a press release, the hospital says teenagers just starting their careers behind the wheel can benefit from learning how to make better decisions on the road.

The same clinic was held last November at Bristol Regional. The hospital says instructors will teach teens and their parents how to instinctively respond in emergency driving situations. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Car Control Clinic graduates have 77 percent fewer crashes than their peers.

The hospital says the Car Control Clinic consists of two training classes. First, a classroom session will be held on Friday, April 5 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Walnut, Willow and Spruce conference rooms on the ground floor of Bristol Regional. Then, registrants will participate in a four-hour driving session at the hospital. This behind-the-wheel session can be taken from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5:15 p.m. on either Saturday, April 6, or Sunday, April 7.

The cost is $179 per parent/student team. A parent must be present at all times, and students need a learner's permit or driver's license to participate.

Registration is available at or by calling 1-800-862-3277.

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