Free driving course geared at soon-to-be drivers

A highway driving course geared toward teens ages 14-16 soon to get behind the wheel of their parents’ car will be offered Tuesday in Oconee County.

The free two-hour course begins at 7 p.m.

The Georgia Teens Ride With P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a program designed to help parents and new drivers learn what they will need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time, which is required by Georgia law.

Both the teen and at least one parent are required to attend, Oconee County Coroner Ed Carson said.

Rather than a technical hands-on driver training course, the program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and teen.

“It was developed by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension,” Carson said. “When the laws change, they change the class material, so it’s always updated.

“Since I’ve been doing this for about three or four years, we’ve had over 100 go through it. We don’t limit it to people in Oconee County. The only thing we do ask is they contact me and register in advance so I have enough material.”

For a registration form, contact Carson at Carsoned5@gmail.com or (706) 769-2988. People can also go to oconeecounty.com, under the coroner link, to find a registration form.