ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A free program coming up that aims to teach teens the skills to drive safely and kids is still time to sign up.
AAA New Mexico is offering a free course next week for un-licensed teenage drivers.
They say the key is teaching good habits before the kids get on the road.
Teens ages 14 and 15 are able to get a head start on their driving education next week.
Two, two hour courses are being offered. One is in Santa Fe on Wednesday Septeber 25th and the other is in Albuquerque on Thursday September 26th.
Participants get an overview of common bad driving habits, plus they'll learn how to get a license and keep it, also how to get insurance.
AAA says the classes are fun.
Kids will play distracted driving card games and get to try on drunk goggles.
Another important aspect of this course is that all teens are required to bring a parent or guardian with them. The idea is that kids look up to their parents and learn by example.
AAA says the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. is traffic crashes.
The reasons cited are teens having too little experience, or visual search habits and this is the big onethey are too distracted while driving.
Texting, cell phones and iPads, students at Albuquerque High say they see lots of distracted driving on campus.
“A lot of people come back with food in their hands trying to eat before the bell rings,” Kainoa Keliiaa said.
The primary objective of these classes is to get kids focused on the road ahead.
To sign up go to AAA.com or call 512-444-4757.
Space is limited.
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