Teens learn how to be safe on the road

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)--The risk of a teen driver crashing a car is higher than any other age group. In fact, the Center for Disease Control says for every mile a teen drives they are four times more likely to get into a crash than older drivers. That's why Mayo Clinic Health Systems and the Chippewa Valley Technical College teamed up to offer teens a driving class to help them learn to navigate tricky driving situations. The teens learn how to stop quickly, make emergency lane changes and how to be a defensive driver.

“They're able to do all this in a controlled situation, and with a coach in the car, to feel all the subtleties between being on a safe margin, vs. Just losing control,” Lead Instructor Dr. Leland Mayer said.

The class is just one day and is offered both in the spring and fall.

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