Special Report: Crash Course
The things in driverís education are geared toward to keeping you out of these situations and that's great, but people get in these situations.
Which is why Sandy Stevens has his own version of driverís-ed, teaching new drivers how to control their cars like the pros.
Itís a hands on approach that puts teens in treacherous, but supervised situations
"Our goal is to, at the end of the session, have them be able to handle the big emergency, the deer in front of the car, the sudden lane change to the stop, the intersection, somebody blowing the stop sign and coming right in front of you," Stevens said.
On weekends, he and his team of current and former racecar drivers take over tarmacs at closed airports and put the pedal to the metal.
The mission is to prevent accidents like one that occurred last month in Falmouth when a high school senior was killed when her car slammed into a tree.
"What we can do is get you so that if an emergency comes up on the highway and you have to respond aggressively to it, to take action, so that you don't hit something hard to save your own life," Stevens said.
The skid school gives tough lessons in braking.
But they're lessons 17-year-old Phil Garfunkle of Newton wanted to learn.
"Whenever Iím on the highway next to a big truck Iím, you know, inching over, feel it out," Garfunkle said. "But I think I have more confidence now."
His father Steve agrees and thinks the $150 class is well worth the price.
"This gives them a better sense of what its like to actually be in a treacherous situation and how to respond to it, it makes it a little more real," Steve Garfunkle said.
Parents are encouraged to attend the half-day session with their kids.
"I think the parents learn in their own way, as much as the kids do, what the difficulties are and how much is really possible," Steve Garfunkle said.
All in hopes of making the highway safer, one driver at a time.
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