Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death
But one organization is hoping to change that.
News 8's Sarah Thamer brings us the story.
One in three teen deaths are caused by motor vehicle
accidents and to help prevent this number from growing.
Gundersen's Trauma Services offers a free *teen car
control clinic* for licensed teens.
The car clinic provides teens with hands-on experience
by giving them behind-the-wheel exercises.
They're hoping teens will become better-prepared drivers
in both general and dangerous sitatuions.
Nat sound rubber burning.
This may look like a scene from the Fast and Furious.
Nat sound car breaking fast.
Except this wreckless driving, is legal for just a
And there's a good reason for it.
What we're trying to do is give kids, young adults
the experience of what their car can do in extreme
Over 20 teenagers in La Crosse got up earlier than
they would have liked Sunday morning, to get schooled
A lot of accident avoidance, it's knowing what the
limitations of your car are, what the limitations
of your tires are.
The teens start out in a classroom to learn the fundmantals
and from there, they go out in a controlled, safe
area, to do some not-so-safe driving.
The first go-around we do threshold breaking which
is what we're doing right now, and then we're going
to go into a Slalom course where they go around cones
and they feel the weight transfer their vehicle, after
that we'll go into an accident avoidance situation
where we've got basically you go down and you've got
two lanes to pick from, lights will come on on one
lane, you actually steer away from that as if those
were break lights from a car that was stopping.
Parents say having something like a car control clinic,
is important for a few reasons:
I don't know how many times as they're leaving the
house we say be safe, dive safe, and they do but it's
just that constant reminder that's helpful because
they hear that in the back of their mind you know
to make good decisions when they're out on their own
and you're not sitting in the passenger seat next
to them helping them along.
And teens who participated, say they walked away with
The car that I was using I could break a lot faster
than I realized that I could you know you can stop
a lot faster than at first you might think you can
and applying that to a real world situation could
be very useful very applicable.
The car control clinic has been taking place in La
Crosse for the past ten years.
There were 12 instuctors during today's events and
they all have extensive training to know how the cars
The clinic is offered twice a year with 30 students
in each group.