INDIO -

The California Highway Patrol is offering two free driving classes in Indio next week, one for teenagers and one for older adults.

The "Age Well, Drive Smart'' class begins at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5 at the CHP office at 79-650 Varner Road. The program is designed to give older drivers tips on driving safer and driving longer.  According to CHP Officer Mike Radford, "Participants can ask questions and get information on local transportation options."

The "Smart Start'' teen driver class on Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the CHP office will include information designed to help teens become better equipped to handle situations behind the wheel. The class begins with a "Red Asphalt 5'' video -- a CHP-produced documentary depicting crashes and their aftermath -- and photos from local fatal collisions. It then then transitions into driving basics and tips, according to the CHP.

Teens must be accompanied by a parent. Reservations are required and participants in both classes will receive a certificate upon completion. To register, call (760) 772-8911.