Gundersen Health System offers unique way to keep teens safe on roads

The 12 th annual Teen Car Control Clinic was at Gundersen Health System’s La Crosse campus on Saturday.

The clinic had classroom lectures and in-car exercises on a test course outside.

30 teens took to the course with help from family members or guardians.

The course expands on driver’s education to give teens real world experience in hazardous driving events.

“We’re teaching them how to avoid accidents and how to handle their car when they get in extreme situations: panic braking, they start sliding, things like that. So, it’s all about avoiding accidents and paying attention to how their car handles,” said Paul Hatlem, an instructor for the clinic.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in the U.S., accounting for 1 in 3 deaths.

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