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Teen Driver Crashes Often Result in Someone Else Getting Killed, According to AAA Foundation Analysis. AAA Analysis Shows That California Teens 15 to 17 are at Fault in 68 percent of Fatal Crashes.

(LOS ANGELES, CA) When teen drivers are involved in a fatal crash, someone else is usually the victim, according to a recent analysis of 10 years of crash data by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. A separate Automobile Club of Southern California analysis of California crash data shows that teens 15–17 years of age were at fault in 68 percent of the fatal crashes in which they were involved.

The new AAA Foundation study shows that, nationwide, young novice drivers comprise slightly more than one-third of all the fatalities in crashes in which they are involved. The remaining two-thirds of those killed are other vehicle users and pedestrians.

In California, according to the AAA Foundation analysis, 1,976 lives were lost in crashes involving young novice drivers from 1995–2004; this included 546 drivers 15–17 years old (28 percent), 700 passengers (35.4 percent), 496 occupants of vehicles operated by drivers at least 18 years of age (25 percent), and 233 non-motorists (12 percent).

"It's clear from this analysis that young drivers' lack of experience on the road is a major traffic safety issue," said the Auto Club's Driving School Manager Kathy Downing.

The AAA Foundation analysis shows that from 1995 through 2004 crashes involving 15-, 16-, and 17-year-old drivers claimed the lives of 30,917 people nationwide, of which only 11,177 (36.2 percent) were the teen drivers themselves. The remaining 19,740 (63.6 percent) included 9,847 passengers of the teen drivers, 7,477 occupants of other vehicles operated by drivers at least 18 years of age, 2,323 non-motorists.

"The tragedy of teen driver crashes goes well beyond the teen driver and their teen passengers," said Downing. "Teens too often put others at risk and when crashes involve family members — younger brothers or sisters — the teen and the entire family can suffer emotional trauma that will last a lifetime," she said. "It's also important to remember that while these statistics represent fatalities, there are many crashes that don't result in death, but do result in severe physical or mental injury or trauma to teen motorists and others."

Teen drivers also tend to be disproportionately at fault for the crashes in which they are involved. An Auto Club analysis of California data for 1995–2004 shows that teens 15–17 years of age were at fault in 68 percent of their fatal crashes. "This is well above what we'd expect given that when two drivers are involved in a crash, as is typical, there's a 50-50 chance of one of them being at fault. It's also another indication why it's so important for parents to limit teens from being exposed to dangerous driving conditions and also to manage their driving experience," said Steven Bloch, Ph.D., the Auto Club's senior research associate who analyzed the California teen crash data.

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EFFECTIVE BECAUSE we employ more simulated REAL LIFE DANGER situational drills than any other school in the U.S. Most defensive driving schools provide a one day program with as many as 20 to 30 students in one class. SURVIVOR DRIVERS curriculum not only allows for more driving drills and exercises, it also allows for more actual "seat time" repetitions for each student in each drill. This is because our classes are limited to two students with a student to instructor ratio of one to one.

UNIQUE BECAUSE our instructors are not only experts at training young drivers, they are also professional STUNT DRIVERS who perform skillfully in the motion picture and television industry. They are able to share their knowledge and skills with our students, especially in the areas of response reaction and conditioning, muscle memory and most importantly, how to be cool headed and mentally in control of dangerous events.

In a recent 68 page report from State Farm Insurance, a chapter had zeroed in on the problem of inadequate and ineffective training for young drivers once they've already been licensed. It was stated, "These young drivers are not driving their grandfather's Oldsmobile, but they are still being trained by their grandfather's teacher." At SURVIVOR DRIVERS, we don't have that problem, as learning from professional stunt drivers is not only effective, it also breaks down the "grandfather" gap. It is a way to actually have some fun while building skills that may save theirs or someone else's life.

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1. Meet & Greet, orientation.

2. Ride-alongs with instructors.

Students driving
/proper seat & mirror adjustments/hand & feet positions.

4. Students driving/experiencing under steer & over steer/making compensations

5. Tech session: understanding over steer & under steer/causes & cures.

6. Students driving/aggressive slalom course.

7. Students driving/controlled swerves/obstacle & hazard avoidance.

8. Students driving/aggressive under steer drills.

9. Tech session/wet streets and surfaces

10. Students driving/experiencing four-wheel lockup on wet street/learning to feather & release brakes to regain directional control.

11. Students driving/quick reaction drills.

12. Tech session on driver focus/paying attention.

13. Students driving/distraction drills.

14. Tech session/vehicle safety checks.

15. Tech session/driver focus and avoiding distractions.

16. Students driving/distraction drills/remote controlled hazards

17. Students driving/emergency braking & reactions.

18. Tech session/peer group discussion.

19. Students driving/experiencing the repercussions of tail gating

20. Tech session/discussion on road signs, bridges, semi trucks.

21. On the road
/recognizing problematic drivers/reading driver & vehicle "body English"/using eyes as advance scouts/learning to expect anything.

22. Back to track - instructors driving/demonstrating correction and
recovery from skids and back-end slides.

23. Students driving/experiencing skids and slides/correction and recovery on dry & wet surfaces.

24. Students driving/learning how not to over-correct or "crack-the-whip" coming out of a skid or slide.

25. Graduation & certification.

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