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Car Control Clinics

Curriculum Schedule

Morning Class Schedule

7:30

Arrive/Sign-In

8:00-8:45

Classroom

8:45 - 9:00

Bathroom Break

9:00 -12:00

Skid Pad, Braking, and Accident Avoidance

12:00 - 12:20

Simulated Street Course - Distracted Driving

12:20 - 12:30

Graduation - Awarding of Completion Certificates

Afternoon Class Schedule

11:30

Arrive/Sign-In

12:00-12:45

Classroom

12:45 - 1:00

Bathroom Break

1:00 -4:00

Skid Pad, Braking, and Accident Avoidance

4:00 - 4:20

Simulated Street Course - Distracted Driving

4:20 - 4:30

Graduation - Awarding of Completion Certificates

 

Wide Open Exercise Areas

Wide Open Excercise Areas

 

Panic Braking & Steering

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Wet Surface Skid Control

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Emergency Lane Change

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Dangers of Texting & Driving

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Defensive Driving Course Curriculum

The following is an outline of the half-day, five (5) hour curriculum our students can expect to experience through BetterSaferDrivers.com. The cost to Las Vegas Traffic offenders is currently fixed at $195.

Our driving programs use enormous, wide open, unobstructed parking lots. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 48 students per session, two sessions per day, 7:30am & 11:30am. Participants are divided into three groups of 16 students and each group will spend an hour at each exercise station. Groups rotate through all three exercises and finish by completing a simulated street course that emphasizes the catastrophic dangers of distracted driving including texting & driving.

The curriculum does NOT FEATURE ANY RACE TRACK USE.

All cars are 4 door sedans equipped with automatic transmissions, ABS brakes and airbags. Clinics are conducted at Turf Paradise located just south of the 19th Avenue and Bell Road intersection. See Location page for map and directions

Classroom Session (50 min):

  • Review differences between Drivers Ed and Car Control
  • Explain the differences between "Defensive Driving" and Pro-Active Driving"
  • Review seating position, mirror positioning, tire maintenance
  • Discuss where accidents happen and why
  • Review short, impactful "Crashing While Texting" video
  • Emphasize the need to drive attentively and responsibly
  • Review the main causes of car crashes

The classroom session begins by discussing the differences between Defensive Driving and Pro-Active Driving. We spend a few minutes asking participants as series of questions designed to make them realize how little real life driving experience they have and we ask them to tell us about car crashes they may already have been involved in personally.

We then cover vehicle dynamics and the need for maintaining a correct seating position, properly adjusted mirrors and correctly inflated tires. We then discuss where car crashes are most likely to happen, why they happen and how they can be avoided altogether.

We play a high impact short video that depicts a real life scenario where a group of teens are involved in a serious car crash while texting, that results in many fatalities. We emphasize the catastrophic consequences that often result from distracted driving. We explain the nature of the hands-on exercises the students will experience after the classroom session.We close by reminding participants what a huge responsibility it is to be a driver.

Panic Braking and Brake & Steer Exercise
(one hour):

Students accelerate to 40mph and are instructed to apply 100% braking at a predetermined point to activate the car’s ABS braking system and are then directed to complete the braking process by turning simultaneously. This teaches students that ABS braking systems are primarily designed to allow drivers to steer the vehicle while applying maximum braking pressure. (Watch the panic braking & steering video in the sidebar for an example of this exercise.)

 

Wet Surface Skid Control & Skid Recovery Exercise.
(one hour):

Students learn to “induce” skids and slides (over steer and under steer conditions) on wet pavement and also are taught the underlying skills to correct and recover from those dangerous situations. An instructor sits in the passenger seat at all times and provides direct and instant feedback to the student. (Watch the wet surface skid control video in the sidebar for an example of this exercise.)

 

Emergency Lane Change Evasion Maneuver Exercise
(one hour)

This exercise is designed to provide students with a greater understanding of the impact and effects of critical weight transfer in a car being steered abruptly from one lane to another. This exercise teaches drivers that high speed lane changes can lead to catastrophic loss of control when not performed properly and safely but when done correctly can help drivers avoid some types of common collisions. (Watch the emergency land change video in the sidebar for an example of this exercise.)

 

Simulated Street Course - Distracted Driving Exercise
(20 min.):

All students ride one-on-one with an instructor following a simulated street course layout featuring street signs, traffic lights and other distractions. Students are asked to simulate texting while driving to emphasize the dangers associated with this action. Students will experience "natural brain distractions" while completing this ingenious exercise. (Watch this public service announcement for an example of the consequences of texting while driving.)

Graduation:

Debrief students following driving exercises and award completion certificates.