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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 12:16:21 AM

The ink still fresh on their learner's permits, the teens got inside their cars, revved them up and fishtailed on wet asphalt. A hundred yards away, other newbie drivers had one hand on the wheel while banging out text messages.
It was enough to make a parent of a teen driver strongly consider hiding the family car keys and start stockpiling bus passes.
But in nearly every case, the crazy driving on Saturday was actually the parents' idea. Their teens were pushed into the hazardous driving scenarios as part of a seminar designed to give nascent drivers literal hands-on lessons in defensive driving and the pratfalls of distractions like smartphones.
"I wish we had this stuff when we were kids," said Mark Villarreal of Sacramento, a former San Jose resident and the father of Aleah, 16.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:30:42 AM

would be great if we could bring driving schools back...
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bston
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 9:31:55 AM

Very good!
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WmHalliday
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 6:01:51 AM

It was enough to make a parent of a teen driver strongly consider hiding the family car keys and start stockpiling bus passes.
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:21:14 AM

Sounds like a good idea.
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:18:32 AM

Good idea BUT its one thing to learn defensive driving and another thing to actually do it.
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endymion
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:36:32 PM

Good to see teens educated on the hazards and dangers of driving. When I was that age, we learned from friends who had accidents.
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moosejoose
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:14:02 PM

Hope it works and not wasted on someone who is being forced to take the class
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Tekkersmom57
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:29:22 PM

This sounds like a wonderful idea. I hope more pick up on it!
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SandeeC
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 8:37:10 PM

Great idea! Hope more places pick up on this and get more of these seminars going.
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jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 7:21:02 PM

Sounds like it should help.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 6:03:01 PM

This should be required.
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91Hilux
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 4:50:59 PM

I because an MSF Rider Coach after going to 5 funerals for my fellow troops within 2 years. Two of them, and a third who survived with major injuries were on learner's permits...
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 3:15:05 PM

When I was a teenager, I preferred offensive driving.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 2:33:39 PM

This is a positive tool that hopefully more and more communities will use to help young drivers learn defensive driving.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 2:14:58 PM

I went through the EVOC class at the San Bernardino Sheriff's driving track. While there I noticed they offer a course for new drivers consisting of some time on the pursuit track and the skid pan. I don't know the cost yet but I am planning on taking my daughter up there to go through this class. A couple afternoons on the skid pan can help a new driver immensely, getting to experience the loss of control and learning how to regain control in a controlled environment.
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Cheepo
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 12:26:14 PM

Nobody should drive until they are 18!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 12:09:28 PM

Something has got to!
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:36:00 AM

This is the best way to gain experience.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:33:12 AM

Good!
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:23:18 AM

Does it scare them into putting down the phone and also make them slow down or does it give them the idea that now I know what to do when it happens to get out of the trouble they got into?
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DickAAA
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:19:48 AM

Is this our way not doing our proper parenting duties????
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:15:37 AM

Well done
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joel27nc
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:09:28 AM

Just tell them to put down the phones and drive!
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:09:02 AM

DOES ANY OF IT SINK IN THOUGH
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joel27nc
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:08:32 AM

Good program that should be done all over the country.
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ritaarn88
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:08:18 AM

Should be mandatory to drivers training
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HATinMUNDY
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:07:31 AM

What will the end result be.....
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:06:08 AM

gas prices?
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:05:24 AM

Anything will help
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:04:17 AM

And this affects gas prices...how?
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:03:30 AM

Learning it is one thing, doing it is another (teens or adults make no difference).
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:02:54 AM

interesting
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garyr86
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:02:37 AM

You shouldn't need to have to take a course to know this.
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200porter
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:02:11 AM

Gotta wonder if it will actually help.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:01:57 AM

Finally.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:01:14 AM

Kids should be 18 before they can get a driver's license.
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LucsPapa
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:00:30 AM

Some insurance coys in Canada give reductions for having taken DDC.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:59:55 AM

Good triaining
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:59:52 AM

nice
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bumpygas
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:57:40 AM

Just get rid of their cell phones and text messageing devices.
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packards42
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:57:23 AM

defensive driving course are good for all ages, In England you get a discount on insurance after complete these courses.
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willp99
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:57:02 AM

OK
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calwdstk
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:56:51 AM

This is the cost of reducing Drivers Ed., from the school programs. Usually it is first to go, when budgets are tight. It should still be an offered course.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:56:28 AM

When I was on active duty I attended many of these types of defensive driving classes and I can attest as to there value. I believe that ALL new drivers should be required to attend a defensive driving course.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:56:23 AM

"According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens."

This should not be earth-shattering news. Sounds like a really good program and it's too bad there aren't more out there like it!
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:54:53 AM

Millenials are hands down the worst drivers ever, mostly because their dumb parents have raised them with an entitled attitute. Defensive driving should be MANDATORY to get a license. Texting and cell phoning while driving should have a minimum fine of $500 for the first offense, $1000 for the second, and license revokation for the third along with jail time. I know...I was hit in the rear by a cell phoning 62 year old cell phone addict woman who blamed ME for stopping to avoid hitting a puppy lost in the road. Damage to my Ford F-250: $7700. I told the deputy that my passenger and I both saw her yakking on her cell phone immediately after the collision, and a witness saw her talking just before she hit me. She got a citation for $179...that's it!
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:54:32 AM

they need to learn about turn signals
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thirty8paces
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:53:01 AM

How about teaching basic driving skills and common courtesy on the road. Those 2 aspects seem to be withering away.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:52:35 AM

Help is Great !
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:52:26 AM

WE are indestructible in our teens! ANYTHING that wises us up could save our lives!
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:52:23 AM

I see!
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