Motor vehicle collisions are the No. 1 killer of teens, and their risk
of collision is four times that of an experienced driver. The risk is
highest when teens are in the first 12 to 24 months of licensure.
CHP's Start Smart program is aimed at helping newly licensed- or soon
to be licensed- teenage drivers (ages 15 to 19) become more aware of the
responsibilities that accompany the privilege of driving. Teen drivers
and their parents/guardians can participate in a free 2 hour Start Smart
class usually hosted at a local CHP office. CHP officers speak directly
to the teens and their parents/guardians, discussing topics such as collision
avoidance techniques along with collision causing elements such as excessive
speed, DUI, and distracted driving. Start Smart makes teens and parents
aware of the responsibilities they face and teaches what precautions to
take to stay safe; such as the importance of seat belt usage, how to avoid
being distracted when there are passengers in the vehicle and what to
do when involved in a collision. Start Smart is funded by a grant from
the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Contact your local CHP office to enroll your teen driver in a Start Smart class.