Driving camp teaches car control for teens

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A driver’s education course might be required to get a driver’s license, but Driveway Austin President Bill Dollahite knows there is much more to controlling a car safely.

In 2008, he started teaching a Teen Driving Camp at the Driveway Austin track.

“We are not teaching them how to get a license, we are teaching them the techniques of how to be safe,” said Bill Dollahite.

Accidents like the one on Friday that killed two Austin High School students are his motivation.

“I cannot imagine being the parent that gets that call,” said Dollahite. “It is something I am driven by; to get kids to be safer.”

The one-day camp teaches a variety of driving techniques from driving position to negotiating curves. But it also tackles the number one cause of accidents for teenagers.

“The biggest mistake is distraction,” said Dollahite.

Dollahite asks teenagers to bring their own car to the East Austin track because he says it is important for them to become familiar with their vehicle’s capabilities. That often is another major factor contribution to accidents according to Dollahite.

“They will try to ask their car to do something it is not capable of doing.”

The Teen Driving Camp costs $349.

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