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DENVER (KDVR) — Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of summer and, with it, the most dangerous time of year for young drivers, according to AAA Colorado. To help keep kids safe behind the wheel, they now offer an online driving course.
“We know that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of sixteen and nineteen,” said AAA regional director of public affairs Skyler McKinley.
Drivers aged 16 and 17 are three times more likely to have a fatal accident than an adult. If that wasn’t enough, AAA says the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day for teen drivers is the deadliest hundred days.
“The reason it’s so dangerous is because they have unstructured time, so instead of going to school and back like they would in a normal school year, the teenagers are on the road all day,” McKinley said.
AAA says we’ve learned to do so much online, and now that includes driver training. “For the first time in Colorado, we are bringing our driver education product online and directly to consumers,” McKinley said.
The new online program will contain the latest information on vehicle technology and road hazards. The 30-hour interactive course is approved by the State of Colorado for all classroom driver training requirements.
“You always want to date a driving instructor, but the great thing is that now you can find those instructors after you’ve already completed your thirty-hour classroom course,” McKinley said.
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