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Safe Teen Driving Program set to save lives

In an effort to keep our streets and teens safe; there's an advanced driver training program being offered Thursday and Friday.

According to the National Highway and Safety Administration, July is one of the worst months of the year for teen driving accidents. They also say that crashes are the leading cause of death amongst 15 to 20-year-olds.

It's one of the main reasons KeyBank and Kumho Tire USA are sponsoring the event. Instructors tell ABC 57 that teens are not practicing enough safe driving techniques.

To put this into perspective, instructors say the the average 16-year-old soccer player has 1,500 hours of coaching, but the average 16-year-old driver only has about 50-hours of driver training.

During the class, teens get the chance to practice braking in wet conditions and emergency lane changing in their own cars. They will also get to use a skid car that simulates slippery conditions.

If you want to make it over to the course, classes are at 9 a.m., 10:45a.m. 1:15p.m. and 3 p.m. It's located in the parking lot across from Notre Dames Joyce Center.

Each class can accommodate up to 30 students and includes 30 minutes of classroom instruction and two hours of driving instruction.

The event is free and open to the public.

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