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Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.) is a defensive driving and vehicle control program for young drivers developed by the National Traffic Safety Academy. During the one-day course adapted from law enforcement training, young drivers learn how to handle their vehicles in any situation. Designed especially for new drivers who want more specialized experience on the road, C.A.T. teaches hands-on techniques for evasive maneuvers, emergency braking, cornering, backing, skid recovery, steering, acceleration and more.

C.A.T allows young drivers can put their driving skills to the test and master emergency techniques. This crucial program helps keep our roads safe, and we encourage drivers between the ages of 16-20 to participate. Sessions will be held throughout the year on March 21, April 18, May 9, June 20, July 18, Aug. 22, Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12.

Register in advance by contacting 410-313-3216 or CATprogram@howardcountymd.gov. CAT is a Howard County Police Foundation-supported program.