The Traffic Engineering Division has combined resources with Parks and Recreation and the Chattanooga Police Department to establish a city-sponsored drivers education program which makes professional defensive driving instruction available at low cost to city residents between the ages of fifteen and twenty-two.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the cost?
A: Hamans New Drivers has contracted with the City to provide its basic five week defensive driving course (regularly $419) to eligible City residents for $350. Upon application, the student/parent(s) pay a $50 non-refundable enrollment fee. Once the student has successfully completed the course, the city pays the $300 balance directly to the driving school.
Q: Who can participate?
A: At this time, only City residents between the ages of 15 and 22 are eligible.
Q: Where are the classes held?
A: The courses will be held at selected City community centers and other facilities.
Q: When are the next courses scheduled?
A: The Fall 2013 course schedule will be announced at a later date. Please monitor this website or call the Drivers Education Program Information Line at 423-643-7011 for all program updates.
Q: How is this available at such a low cost?
A: The funding is supplied through revenue generated by the photo enforcement program. Those monies have been earmarked for traffic safety initiatives, so the Drivers Education Program is certainly an appropriate expenditure.
Q: What are the benefits of participating in one of these courses?
A: Because a disproportionately high number of crashes involve drivers under the age of 25, it is crucial that these young drivers are given every opportunity to be instructed in uniform, proven, defensive driving techniques. The course offers training in utilizing common sense, focus, anticipation, and responsibility for one's actions. Particular attention will be paid to eliminating all distractions which commonly plague young and inexperienced drivers. Guest speakers, specialists in a variety of fields including law enforcement and traffic engineering, will offer instruction as well. Students will gain an appreciation and respect for the privilege of driving. Parents also will enjoy the discount that most major insurance carriers provide for young drivers who have completed professional defensive driving courses. Typically a savings of 10 to 25% can be expected.
Q: How does a student enroll?
A: Download and print the application (links are listed above). Both parent and student must complete and sign. The application and $50 enrollment fee per student (check or money order only, made out to City of Chattanooga) must be received in the Traffic Engineering office no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of class. In the event your check is returned from the bank for non-sufficient funds, you will be responsible for immediate repayment of the $50.00 in cash or money order plus a $30.00 returned check fee, also in cash or money order.