Safe driving course for teens

3/14/2014, 6 a.m.

Teens and adults can attend a free safe driving course on March 15 at Miller Grove Middle School in Decatur.

Janice Mathis

Janice Mathis

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Attorney Janice L. Mathis is the instructor.

The course is presented by the UPS Foundation, the Stewart Foundation, and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which have determined that the UPS interactive CD-ROM based program, “Five Eye Seeing Habits,” is the best curriculum available to acquaint young drivers with safety issues.

The goal of the Safe Teen Driving Initiative, which was started in 2001, is to enlighten teens, their parents and the general public about the importance of safe driving habits among young drivers.

Staff and volunteers will guide teens ages 14-18 through computer-based, driver-simulated driving scenarios. Each scenario is followed by a series of questions testing comprehension of material covered in the segment. Prior to administration of the course, teens are given a pre-test to determine their level of awareness.

Students are tested for retention of material covered. Students who successfully complete the course are provided a certificate of completion that entitles them to discounted auto insurance. The program takes 1.25 hours to administer.

Allstate, State Farm and other insurers give a 5 percent to 15 percent discount for certificate of course co