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Car control clinic planned for May 3

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The National Auto Sport Association and California Highway Patrol are partnering to offer a car control clinic on Saturday, May 3.

The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. with briefings and introductions in the parking lot at Lakeside Family Fun and Event Center, 872 Lakeport Blvd.

The association and CHP have conducted several of these clinics in Lake County and they remain a popular hands-on driving experience.  

New or experienced drivers will learn the proper way to drive out of trouble.

Ever drop two wheels off the asphalt and jerk up onto the roadway and live to tell about it? Consider yourself fortunate. Many find themselves shooting across the road into an oncoming car in the other lane or into a tree.  

The clinic teaches the proper per response, giving participants hands-on experience, without panic or overreactions, and they have fun in the process.

The National Auto Sport Association and the CHP have teamed up to create a most effective method to learn the right moves. They use experienced volunteer coaches to instill in each driver the right moves by teaching the proper muscle memory for dealing with difficult situations.  

They coach drivers in hard braking exercises, including turns while max braking; slalom through cones to get the feel of where the corners are on your car; a skid pad that enables you to get your car loose then practice recovering control.

Practice and become skilled at backing through cones in a slalom, backwards, and a favorite, learn to parallel park from experts.

A very important exercise for Lake County residents is the two-wheel-off-the-roadway exercise. Practice that maneuver and your muscle memory helps get you out of a rough patch when distractions or conditions create dangerous situations.

Spend the day, drive your car all day and learn to control your car in uncommon situations.

Check out the Web site to get a feel of the program, register and read comments from previous graduates.

The fee is $99 per person, which covers insurance costs plus other administrative costs. Scholarships are available for those that are in need. The class number is limited to 20.

For more information, contact Eric Wheaton of the National Auto Sport Association at 707-279-4840 or Officer Kory Reynolds at the Clear Lake CHP office at 707-279-0103.


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