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Start Smart Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Start Smart?

CHP’s Start Smart Driving Safety Class is a free, two-hour, driver safety education class for students between the ages of 15-20 years old and their parents/guardians. Start Smart provides an opportunity for teens and their parents/guardians to discuss the serious laws, obligations, responsibilities and family expectations that are part of driving a car. The goal is to promote and create safe driving habits around SRVUSD schools.


Do I have to attend a Start Smart class?

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, all San Ramon Valley Unified School District students and their parents/guardian must attend a Start Smart class to obtain a parking permit to park on their school campus. Some insurance companies provide a discount for taking a class. We suggest parents/guardians check with their carrier.


Why does a parent/guardian also have to take the class?

The Start Smart class provides an opportunity for teens and their parents/guardians to discuss the serious laws, obligations and responsibilities, and family expectations that are part of driving a car.


Can a student take the class if they don’t have their license yet?

Yes, a student can take a class if they don't have their license yet. They just need to be 15-years-old at the time of the class.


What is discussed in the class?

Officers from the California Highway Patrol will discuss traffic avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities and seatbelt usage.


When are the classes offered?

All SRVUSD high schools will offer several classes each year. Classes will begin in 2017-2018 for parking pass eligibility in the 2018-19 school year.


What if I can’t make it to one of the classes?

There will be more than 15 opportunities for students and their parent/guardian to take a class at an SRVUSD school throughout every school year. Students can attend any of the classes held at SRVUSD’s four comprehensive high schools.


How do I prove that I went to a Start Smart class?

Students and their parent or guardian will need to sign-in at the class. This list will be provided to the school sites.


How do I get my parking pass after attending?

Taking the class will not guarantee a parking pass. Parking passes will be distributed by schools based on a first come basis or a lottery process (at SRVHS). Students should check with their individual schools for the specific process.


Do I have to take a class each school year to get a parking pass?

The class must only be taken once during a student’s high school career.


My insurance requires a specific class to get the extra safe driver program discount. Can this be used in place of the Start Smart Program to qualify for a parking permit?

This class does count for some insurance companies. Check with your carrier and let them know that it is the CHP Start Smart class.