CCS - MN Highway Safety and Research Center

Teen Crash Prevention Skills

Covid-19 Update:

In recognition of Governor Walz’s executive orders and guidelines from the Office of Higher Education, we have approved COVID-19 mitigation practices in place and class sizes are limited. Please contact our office to register or if you have questions. Thank you.

We work to reduce the number and severity of crashes involving Teen drivers ages 16-20 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 driver's license. 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.

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