Teen Driving & Car Control Clinic

Jan 18, 2010 7:38 PM

Instructors with the "Teen Driving and Car Control Clinic" are trying to put the brakes on unsafe driving. Forty-six high school students took to the track at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows to learn defensive driving techniques.

Las Plumas High School Junior Amanda Corona says the skills she learned Monday will help her in real life situations. "I think this can save a lot of people's lives. I think they could save yours, and whoever else is coming into the accident with you," Amanda stated.

Monday's weather provided the perfect backdrop, declared driving coach Jeff Hostetter. "You lose an average of about 60% of traction on your tires when you are in wet conditions, so we need to teach the students how to be smooth and to keep their car under control.

CHP officers were also on hand, demonstrating what can happen when people drink and drive.

Willows High School student Garick Jones says the experience was a lesson he will not soon forget. "Just to be a safer driver, they teach teach us to be more aware of your surroundings. Most teenage drivers are not that great at driving, so this is really helpful," Garick said.

If you would like to learn more about the Clinic and future demonstrations contact the park at (530) 934-5588.


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