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BEND, Ore. -- Driving in general can be hard for some, but add in the winter weather conditions Central Oregon had last week, and it's even more challenging, especially for younger drivers. That's why the High Desert Region Porsche Club is giving away scholarships to attend the Deschutes County Skid Car program.

A total of 21 students from Central Oregon high schools will be participating in the class.

On Saturday, students sat in the classroom for instruction, then hit the track for two to three hours.

The instructor said the students have a good time and learn a lot in a controlled, safe environment.

"Recently, we've had some fatalities that were as a result of weather," said instructor Michael Johnston. "It's an all-weather driver enhancement program, gives them a safe controlled environment to learn in, and so they don't have to learn out on the highway."

Johnston said he's been doing the program since he retired in 2006 from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and has had nothing but positive reaction.

The class prepares students on proper acceleration, breaking, cornering, skid and slide control and prevention, and proper eye placement.

Officials say by the end of the day, students do very well.

Find out more about the Skid Car program at http://www.deschutes.org/Administration/Insurance-Safety/Skid-Car-Training.aspx

If you would like to know more about the Porsche Club of America, you can visit its Website at www.highdesertpca.org

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