WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist
4:54 PM EST, February 24, 2013
HALIFAX COUNTY, Va.
Putting your teenager behind the wheel for the first time can be a terrifying experience.
But some parents are putting that worry to rest after a weekend dedicated to safe driving.
Speeding and falling asleep behind the wheel are not how you'd picture your teenager while driving, but on the course at Virginia International Raceway the “what if’s” are brought to life.
It’s called Teen Driving Solutions School.
For two days, it's real life situations, on a pre-planned obstacle course.
The leading cause of death in teenagers is car crashes.
The best part about this program is it involves both teenagers and their parents.
Chuck Hawks is an instructor and he says the students aren’t the only ones learning. "We're going to teach parents how to mold good behavior. We're going to help them break their bad habits," explained Hawks.
Jeffrey Griffith and his son Parker came from Forest, Virginia. "My son is watching me when I'm driving so I have to back up what I'm trying to teach him by doing the actions myself," said Griffith.
The classroom combined with the track gives both students and parents an advanced look at crash avoidance and off-road recovery.Find out what parents are doing wrong when it comes to teaching their teenagers how to drive, on WDBJ7 Mornin' starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, February 25th.
For more information on how to enroll your teen, click here.
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