Free driving clinic teaches teens to drive safely


Hundreds of teens got the chance on Sunday to be challenged behind the wheel during a free driving clinic.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety, DPS, the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, FCCLA, and the Patrol partnered to bring the driving clinic to the Columbus area.

More and more teens will be on roadways this summer.

This clinic gives them the opportunity to learn how to drive defensibly and safely.

Across the U.S., motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers.

Every year, an average of 3,000 teens, ages 16-19, die in vehicle crashes.

The training focuses on helping young drivers improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60 percent of vehicle crashes: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, and speed and space management.

The program also focuses heavily on distracted and impaired driving.

The Drugged, Drunk and Hangover Suits are designed to be used with teens and parents to simulate the effects of impaired driving.

The award-winning program helps new drivers stay safe behind the wheel by capturing teen and parent interest with free, hands-on driving clinics that pair newly licensed drivers with professional driving instructors.

Established in 2003, Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts developed Ford Driving Skills for Life, which teach teens skills for safe driving.

In Ohio, the program is a partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

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