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During National Teen Driver Safety Week, Atlanta teen drivers got hands-on tips to learn how to drive safely. High school students at Northview High School in North Atlanta, as well as five other schools, received driving safety exercises from Johns Creek Driving School, Drive Smart Georgia, SADD, and the University of Georgia.
The students got to drive a simulator in extreme weather conditions and wear drunk goggles to learn more about the dangers of drinking and driving in Atlanta. The teens saw what could happen in a rollover crash when seatbelts are not worn, and they also signed a safe driving pledge.
These safe driving practices gave teens hand-on skills to make them more aware of dangers while driving. Because car crashes in Atlanta and throughout the nation remain the number one cause of death for teens, more emphasis needs to be placed on safety while driving.
According to a study by the Foundation for Traffic Safety, teenage drivers are 50 percent more likely to get in a crash in the first month of unsupervised driving. These crashes typically occur due to critical errors that teens make, which include: being distracted behind the wheel, speeding or going too fast for road conditions, and lack of scanning the road in order to detect hazards.
Parents can play an important role in the safety of their teen's driving by providing rules and curfews and by leading by example.
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