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Six Flags to host driving school

Skid control, evasive maneuvers taught in closed-course environment

Posted: February 19, 2009 11:43 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2009 8:00 a.m.
The Defensive Driving Academy will hold classes in the parking lot at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Saturday and Sunday.

"We are very excited about our new location and the ability to offer our teen safety driving program to our community on a regular basis," said Allison Altzman, vice president of business development and a Valencia resident.

The goal is to provide advanced-skills training for new drivers to enhance their behind-the-wheel education.

"It's about keeping our young drivers safe and giving them the additional tools and techniques to handle accident-avoidance driving situations," Altzman said.

Academy officials tested and refined their advanced defensive driving curriculum.

Taught in a closed-course environment, participants engage in driving exercises to improve vision and reaction time, as well as techniques to properly control their vehicle when faced with unexpected situations.

Sample exercises include skid control, slalom, evasive maneuvers and a distractions course.

Although it's impossible to "teach" experience, each driver is put through a series of driving exercises in their own car.

Automobile crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens.


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