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Driving safety clinic held for La Crosse-area students

Students from the La Crosse area recently took part in a clinic aimed at promoting safe driving and preventing crashes and injuries.

It's too common for high school students to get into car accidents, explained a local healthcare organization's coordinator of injury prevention efforts.

She added that the primary cause of such accidents is generally a lack of experience. The organization frequently treats teenage drivers injured in car accidents; 71 percent of the accidents are caused by the drivers being unable to properly control their vehicles, she said.

The all-day clinic has been successful in the past and is currently in its fourth year. It is specifically aimed at teaching students how to avoid accidents and potential injury.

The clinic begins with classroom instruction, soon moving to practical exercises designed to provide the students with firsthand experience with difficult driving conditions. Each student participates in seven drills, learning how to drive on wet surfaces, make emergency lane changes and maximize the effectiveness of their braking technique. All of this is done in the students' own cars while their parents observe.

The free event has been well-received by both students and parents, who applaud it for providing useful instruction that inexperienced high school drivers may not get elsewhere. While the techniques learned at the safe driving clinic are relatively simple, all parties involved agree that such instruction is invaluable in avoiding crashes.

Source: WXOW: "Car Control Clinic" by April Dovorany: May 14, 2011

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