Tire Rack Street Survival Program Works To Teens Valuable Driving Skills

Tire Rack Street Survival Program Works To Teens Valuable Driving Skills


AAA SAYS 16 AND 17-YEAR-OLDS REMAIN THE LEAST SAFE DRIVERS ON THE ROAD. IT REPORTS TEENAGERS WERE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE INVOLVED IN A DEADLY CRASH THAN OTHER DRIVERS. IT APPEARS THAT SUMMER IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME ON THE ROADS. A STUDY FOUND THAT DEADLY CRASHES GO UP 15% BETWEEN MEMORIAL DAY AND LABOR DAY EACH YEAR. BUT THERE IS HOPE ON THE HORIZON. THERE IS A PROGRAM TO KEEP TEENAGE DRIVERS SAFE BEHIND THE WHEEL. Reporter: IT IS DANGEROUS DRIVING WITHOUT THE DANGER. TEENAGERS FROM ALL OVER THE REGION TOOK PART IN A NATIONAL PROGRAM CALLED STREET SURVIVAL. WE TRIED TO COMPRESS TWO YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ONE DAY. Reporter: THE COURSE IS ALL ABOUT TEACHING TEENAGERS HOW TO STAY SAFE BEHIND THE WHEEL. THEY GET CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS. THEN THEY GET REAL HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE WITH BREAKING, NAVIGATING AROUND OBSTACLES AND A LOT MORE. WE HAVE A SKID PAD WERE THE CARS AUTOMATICALLY SLIDE THAT SIMULATES WHAT YOU WOULD SEE IN A WET OR SNOWY CONDITION. I HAD TO SLAM ON THE BRAKES AFTER GOING 40 MILES PER HOUR WHICH KICKED IN THE ABS. IT WAS COOL TO EXPERIENCE. Reporter: THE EVENT PUT TEENAGERS AND SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DRIVING SITUATIONS. THE IDEA IS TO SHOW THE YOUNG AND INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS HOW TO RESPOND TO HAZARDS. NOW I KNOW WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO REACT. WITH TEXTING AND PEOPLE BEING GENERALLY MORE DISTRACTED ON A DAILY BASIS, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO GIVE YOUR SKILLS — HER CHILDREN THE DEFENSIVE DRIVING SKILLS THEY NEED IN ORDER TO REACT. Reporter: PARENTS SAY THEY ARE THANKFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEIR CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING STATISTIC SHOW TEENAGERS HAVE AN 89% CHANCE OF BEING INVOLVED IN A CRASH

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