HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi.
The annual Summer Learn to Drive Program at The University of Southern Mississippi will be held June 8-26 on the Hattiesburg campus. The program is open to students beginning at age 14 and entering the ninth grade or older, and school credit may be earned with verification of attendance.
The course is an excellent step toward becoming a good driver, and all parents and guardians are encouraged to reinforce the course's instruction at home. Participants are expected to come to class with completed assignments and with paper and pencil. Two different sessions are available, including morning sessions from 8-11 a.m. and afternoon sessions from noon-3 p.m. Items that must be brought on the first day of the course include the following:
*Verification of attendance from the school the student attends
*Certified copy of birth certificate (photocopies are unacceptable)
*Original Social Security card (photocopies are unacceptable)
*Completed application of for learner's permit/driver's license (this form will be mailed once the registration fee is received)
Southern Miss' program exceeds the requirements set for driver education courses in the state of Mississippi. To meet state and insurance requirements, students must receive 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. The Southern Miss program provides students with additional hours of classroom instruction and experience. All instructors in the program hold Mississippi teacher certifications in driver education.
Topics covered in the classroom include Mississippi traffic laws and regulations, drugs and driving, first aid in case of an accident, vehicle maintenance, decision-making and seat belt education. The behind-the-wheel phase begins with the elementary driving tasks of left and right turns on a driving range before moving to streets in residential areas. Eventually, more complex driving experiences take place on suburban roads, interstate highways and inner-city streets.
Inappropriate behavior by participants will not be tolerated, and can result in expulsion from the program and loss of registration fee. For more information, contact Jewel Adams at 601.266.5358 or e-mail email@example.com.