News Release

Teen driving event

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Minnesota Highway Safety & Research Center, a program in the Center for Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State University, is conducting a Teen Driver Crash Avoidance Program on Aug. 11 and 12 at its advanced driving facility.

The event will provide skills-based training to drivers ages 15-19 who have a valid instruction permit or provisional driver’s license. Training will target some of the casual factors associated with serious injury and/or fatality crashes. Teens will drive specially-equipped vehicles on a closed road course under the supervision of professional instructors.

The course will take drivers through scenarios that include with the goal of improving crucial safe driving skills such as:

  • Speed selection
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Skid control
  • Off-road recovery
  • In-car distractions 

Parents can attend classroom sessions that provide awareness-level training on a number of issues, including the graduated license laws. A parent or guardian must accompany each teen driver.

The program will host four separate groups over the course of the two days. Registration is limited to 240 drivers and their parents and is currently full. If you are interested in being on the waiting list, send an email with your name and daytime phone number to:

This program is a partnership between the Ford Motor Company Fund, Governor’s Highway Safety Association, The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota Highway Safety & Research Center.

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesota teens due to inexperience, seat belt non-use, risk-taking and distractions. The first year of licensure is typically the deadliest for teens on the road. In 2011, teen drivers were involved in 12,139 crashes resulting in 39 deaths and 3,921 teen injuries.

Located on 160 acres east of St. Cloud State campus on U.S. Highway 10, the Minnesota Highway Safety & Research Center’s three miles of paved track and two miles of gravel track host year-round vehicle training. Offerings include advanced courses for the general public and emergency personnel as well as courses professional drivers.

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