The Howard County Police Department announced collision-avoidance training dates for 2014.

The training program is an advanced defensive driving and vehicle control program for licensed teenage drivers ages 16 to 20. The training is 12 hours over two days, and is designed to give young drivers the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics.

The first day is four hours of classroom instruction. The second day is eight hours of behind-the-wheel training with a police officer, during which the student must demonstrate driving skills such as evasive maneuvers, threshold and emergency braking, cornering, backing, forward and reverse serpentine (a winding path), and skid and off-road recovery.

In order to receive a certificate of completion, the student must successfully complete each driving skill and maneuver. If a student doesn’t complete the course, they can come to a second session at no additional cost.

The 2014 dates are March 14-15, April 25-26, May 23-24, June 20-21, July 25-26, Aug.ust 22-23, Sept. 19-20, Oct. 17-18, Nov. 14-15 and Dec. 5-6.

For more information, contact training coordinator Carolyn Bennett and 410-313-3758.