Drivers’ ed pairs teens, BMWs
by Hannah Morgan
October 04, 2013 01:09 AM | 1700 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A valid driving permit or license is all young drivers ages 15 to 21 will need next weekend to drive shiny, new BMWs.

The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience will visit Six Flags White Water, between Cobb Parkway and Interstate 75, just south of the 120 Loop on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.

This is the first year of The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience tour, which brings new cars and experienced driving instructors to cities across the country to teach teenagers how to be smarter drivers, said spokeswoman Angela Patterson.

Both days will include two half-day sessions, the first beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.

Each session will last four hours, and participants will first circle through a number of 20 to 30 minute classes.

After the instruction, the young people will get behind the wheel of a 2013 BMW 328i, and practice learning how to drive in dangerous driving situations, including last-second lane changes and braking on wet pavement.

They will also learn defensive driving techniques, Patterson said, which will help them maneuver Atlanta’s notoriously hairy traffic situations.

Participants will be asked to text on their phones while trying to drive a golf cart through a complicated course, she said, and parents are encouraged to attend and watch their children attempt to complete the course.

The program will be led by experienced instructors who have solid motorsports experience, many who drive competitively on the race circuit.

The tour has already been to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oklahoma City, Baltimore and Chicago.

The program’s website says participants with at least 30 hours of driving experience will gain the most benefit from the driving clinic.

After completion of the program, participants will be mailed certificates of completion.

Those interested are encouraged to register online at www.teensdrivesmarttour.com. The clinic can handle between 300 to 400 participants per weekend.

Patterson encouraged interested teens to sign up soon, because, “We’ve been pretty much sold-out at every location.”

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If you go ...

What: Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience

When: Oct. 12-13

Where: Six Flags White Water

Info: Register online at www.teensdrivesmarttour.com

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