Master Police Officer Michelle Humphries teaches inexperienced drivers techniques basic drivers' ed classes never cover.
By Jonathan Wilson
A class of young drivers in Fairfax, Virginia will get a chance this weekend to learn lessons rarely covered in Drivers' Ed.
Officer Michelle Humphries has been teaching the "Youthful Drivers" course for years and she says the mood at the start of the day is always the same.
"The first question I ask is 'Who wants to be here?'And I don't get very many hands," says Humphries.
Humphries says attitudes change when students realize they'll get to speed around a test track, learn what to do if brakes fail and play on a skid pan.
"They're getting vehicle dynamics, they're getting how to recover from a skid, and how to go on and off the road properly," she says.
Humphries says the idea is to simulate hazardous situations for inexperienced drivers, so they're better prepared for what can go wrong on real-world roads.