Some young drivers learned from behind the wheel just how dangerous texting and driving can be.
It was part of a Ford program that teaches students how to react in real life situations.
In an effort to teach teens about safe driving, the Ford Dearborn Development Center in Dearborn hosted Strive for a Safer Drive. Thursday some Freeland students got a chance to learn from professional drivers how to handle various situations.
"Learning how to drive a car is not as easy as we all want to believe it is. Really the critical factor there is not the physical aspect of learning to drive a car, but really the mental aspect of it. What decisions are you going to make. Why are you going to make those decisions. That process of learning takes quite a bit of time," said Mike Speck, lead driving instructor for Ford Driving Skills for Life.
The professional drivers involved in the Ford Driving Skills for Life said these teens aren't bad drivers because they're young. They said it's because they're inexperienced, so the stations are designed to give them real life situations that they might not have encountered during their drivers training.
"They will actually drive and text at the same time to show them what could take place. We do vehicle handling, which is basic slide control," Speck said.
Students said the training helped them to keep control of the car.
"It definitely made a difference to know what to do for the next time that it happens to me. Because I know what to do and I won't panic and freak out," said Tori Argyle, Freeland High School junior.
Nearly 400 high schoolers will go through the program this year. In Dearborn, Freeland High School students received first place in their division which includes Genesee, Saginaw and Oakland county schools. Swan Valley High School was awarded third place.
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