Defensive driving course offered at Miami Dade College

By Teri Hornstein, Associate Producer, thornstein@local10.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 12:05:12 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 02 2014 04:59:13 PM EDT

Course costs $150 and is only offered to drivers ages 16-21

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. -

Students at Miami Dade College are getting the chance to learn more than just your typical driving maneuvers.

The school’s North Campus is offering drivers ages 16-21 the chance to take an advanced driving safety course.

The course includes four hours of classroom training and eight hours of actual on the road experience on the campus’ own driving range.

The program is aimed to help students learn how to deal with emergency situations, all in an effort to cut down the mortality rate for young drivers in Florida and across the country.

Robert Lynch, the deputy chief of police at Miami Dade College hopes the course will really teach students the skills they need.

"It’s the No. 1 killer of teenagers between the ages of 16 and 20," said Lynch.

The course costs $150 but the instructors believe the price of a wreck can be much higher.

"It’s a combination of knowing when to break, knowing how to steer smoothly and maintaining control of your car while you do it,” said Lynch.

The program is offered throughout the year and as soon as enough students register they plan to then hold the classes.

The instructors hope to offer an adult class and a class for seniors in the near future.

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