MN Highway Safety & Research Center

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Teen Crash Prevention Skills

We work to reduce the number and severity of crashes involving inexperienced drivers ages 15-20 because traffic crashes are a leading cause of fatalities and serious injuries for young drivers.

You will learn to be prepared for a variety of situations on the road and appropriate actions and reactions.

Student requirements

You must have a valid permit or license. If you're driving with a permit, you must have sufficient driving/behind the wheel experience to operate a motor vehicle independently.

After a brief classroom presentation, students will use our vehicles and be coached and challenged on handling driving maneuvers such as:

  • Off-road recovery
  • Collision avoidance
  • Hazard recognition
  • Inattentive driving
  • Seatbelt use
  • Effective and controlled braking
  • Reaction time limitations
  • Proper speed selection
  • Skid control in a controlled environment

Parent Requirements

At least one parent must accompany their teen. While teens are on the range, parents attend a two-hour informational presentation on the real risks of teen driving. The presentation covers topics such as:

  • Current risks and crash data for Minnesota roadways
  • Review of the graduated license laws
  • Consequences of poor decision making by teens
  • Financial realities of teen driving

Parents also have the opportunity to observe their teen on the training range.

Driving Resources for Young People and Novices

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Click the Registration button to see available dates.

Cost: $150; nonrefundable, nontransferable

No credit card? Call 320-308-1400, then mail a check to:

MHSRC
720 Fourth Ave. S.
St Cloud MN 56301-4498

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Attendance: Arrive 15 minutes before class to complete the additional required registration materials.

If you cancel or need to change dates, you will be charged the fee again.