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 Hinsdale Police Department presents “Alive at 25”, a defensive driving class offered at the Hinsdale Police Department.  This course has received outstanding reviews, and is geared towards soon-to-be drivers, newly licensed drivers, as well as drivers looking to gain valuable tips. The class is targeted at students between the ages of 15-21 and is free of charge. It lasts four and ½ hours, and is taught by local police officers dedicated to improving decision making by identifying behaviors which can lead to traffic crashes. The course includes videos, group work, and facilitated discussion. The curriculum is broken up into four sections and really gets participants engaged and involved.  Students are taught, as a driver or passenger, they can greatly reduce their risk of being involved in a crash by taking control of their behavior.  Participants must stay the whole time to receive credit.

Alive at 25 teaches young adults that:

  • People in their age group are more likely to be hurt or killed in a vehicle crash.

  • Inexperience, distractions, and peer pressure cause unique driving hazards.

  • Speeding, alcohol, and "party drugs" greatly increase their risk of injury or death.

  • As a driver or passenger, they can greatly reduce their risk by taking control.

  • Committing to changing their driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense.

Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24. The National Safety Council, a leader in driver improvement training for more than 40 years, developed DDC-Alive at 25 to specifically target drivers in this age group.

This highly interactive 4 1/2 hour program encourages young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Skill practices and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado to confidence.

Alive at 25 instructors use personal examples and even humor to get their point across. They use workbook exercises, interactive media segments, group discussions, role-playing, and short lectures to help young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safer on the road.

Check out our upcoming events for available classes and the Alive at 25 official webpage.