Teen Car Control Clinics
- Are you concerned whether those regular driver’s education courses are enough to keep your teenager safe on the roads?
- Do you wish your teen had a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to recognize and handle difficult or unsafe situations in a safe and structured environment?
A driver’s education course teaches the principles of road awareness and safety for prospective first-time drivers. Courses generally cover what we call the basics: Road signs and what they mean, principles of being a safe and responsible driver, how to operate a motor vehicle, traffic laws, and theoretically how to handle those emergency situations.
But did they get the experience to know how quickly they can safely stop their vehicle? Or how wet roads or going off-road such as swerving onto the shoulder of the highway – affect driving dynamics?
We take things a step further…..
For over a decade, the Glacier Lakes Chapter of Audi Club North America (ACNA) has taught hundreds of teens to become better, safer, more confident drivers. Our Teen Driving Clinic is the perfect place for the teen driver to have fun, improve driving skills, and build confidence. The course is designed to help teens improve their ability to control a vehicle in both normal and emergency situations.
Our one-day program combines classroom sessions with behind-the-wheel exercises. Drivers learn how to handle their car in various driving conditions and situations, while receiving coaching, encouragement, and praise from their trained, in-car instructor. From slalom and skid pad exercises to braking and accident avoidance, we’ll teach your teen in one day what was not offered in their Driver’s Education classes.
Our goals are to:
- Improve overall awareness of driving position and its effect on ability to control a vehicle
- Educate on the physics that affect car handling, and how to use the physics to advantage
- Significantly improve participants’ ability to control a vehicle in all weather conditions, both in normal driving and in emergency situations
Drivers find the exercises both fun and tough—they’re designed to teach drivers how both they and their car react in various conditions.
Imagine the challenge of blasting down the course and then braking hard enough, and at the right time, to stop in a space no larger than the average garage. Or, imagine driving through the slalom course, weaving through cones feeling the car swaying as the weight shifts side to side. The trying it again on a wet course to learn what changes.
Perhaps the most challenging and the most fun is the accident avoidance exercise where the driver has to do what is totally the opposite of what they might expect — stop in front of a green light — but not before changing lanes and braking. The instructors running this exercise can be truly diabolical in their efforts to trick your teen into stopping in the wrong lane! It is debatable about who has the most fun, the instructors or the drivers. Either way, the outcome is a powerful lesson in how to react to the unexpected.
Commercial driving schools teach the rules of the road and get a student used to driving a car. Once teens get the basics from the commercial schools, they need to attend our Teen Driving Clinic to experience the nuances of keeping a car under control, even when the unexpected happens.