MN Highway Safety & Research Center


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 2-hour informational presentation on the real risks of teen driving. The presentation covers topics such as:

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

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

Youth/Novice Driving Resources

Registration & Schedule: Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Click Registration to see available dates.

Cost: $150; nonrefundable, nontransferable

No credit card? Call 320-255-3123, then mail a check to: MHSRC, 720 Fourth Ave S; St Cloud MN 56301-4498.

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

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.