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The California Highway Patrol

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Start Smart: Driving Smart to Stay Safe

Getting their driver's license opens a new world to young drivers. Suddenly, the possibility of new destinations and experiences with friends are within grasp. But a new driver lacks the experience that is sometimes needed on the road. Situations can appear in a second, sometimes too fast for a new driver to respond to. But, there are ways to avoid dangerous situations. There are ways to keep a new driver - and their passengers - safe on the road.

Find out how to keep new drivers safe on the road


  • Teen drivers are found at fault in 66% of ALL FATAL collisions that they are involved in, although they only represent 4% of the state's licensed drivers.
  • The leading cause of DEATH for Americans 15 - 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions.
View the Start Smart Presentation
New drivers need to Start Smart.
Click here to view a summary
of the Start Smart class.

What is the Start Smart Program?

The California Highway Patrol's Start Smart program is a driver safety
education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between
the age of 15 - 19 and their parents/guardians.

LEARN   about these classes!

Learn more about   Provisional Licenses !



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