Driving classes for teens on tap

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There are two driving classes set to take place in Livingston County that will help make teens better drivers. Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required.

Livingston County Teen Distracted Driving Initiative
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with FT Techno of America and State Farm Insurance Agent Katie Pikkarainen of Fowlerville, are sponsoring a hands-on distracted driving course for area high school students. This class will be provided to area students and their parents free of charge.

Parents are encouraged to choose between the 8:30 a.m. or the 1 p.m. class on Saturday Oct. 20, 2018. Each session will run for approximately four hours in Fowlerville at FT Techno of America.

Teens will be provided with a short classroom discussion and video presentation before spending several hours of supervised driving on the test track at FT Techno, 1750 Smith Road in Fowlerville.

This course will allow teens to operate a vehicle under direct supervision from Sheriff’s Deputies in several distracted driving scenarios. The scenarios will include texting while driving and use of the “fatal vision” drunk driving goggles.

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of injury / death for teens in our country. This course has been designed to teach young driver’s first-hand the dangers of distracted driving.

Class size will be limited to 20 students and a parent per class. Attendees are required to possess a valid driver’s license and be enrolled in high school. Preference will be given to county residents first.

To enroll in either of the class dates, contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at (517) 546-2440 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Further information will be provided once enrollment is received.

Advanced driver training for teens
FT Techno of America is opening its 950-acre proving ground for a one-of-a-kind, free-of-charge teen driver training experience. This hand-on event goes well beyond traditional driver training, and has transformed hundreds of local teen drivers. Attendance is limited to the first 30 participants.

Students will gain confidence and learn how to take control in real-world, challenging driving scenarios on the Fowlerville Proving Ground’s 20-acre dynamics pad.

FT Techno is located at 1750 Smith Road in Fowlerville.

Teens will get one-on-one instruction with expert drivers on the same tracks used to develop future vehicles and technologies.

On tap are accident avoidance maneuvers; ski; control; smooth and controlled steering, braking and acceleration; how to handle vehicle on ice and snow; and dealing with loss of control.

The day features a mix of classroom and track time.

Register online at www.msreg.com/fowlerville18.

Students must be in high school, age 15 or older, and have a permit or license. They must provide their own vehicles. Parents are welcome to join and stay all day; track-side tent, lunch and refreshments are provided.  Participation is limited to the first 30 applicants.

For more information, contact Mike Benjamin at mbenjamin@ftt-a.com.

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