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You rev up the engine of a $50,000 BMW, and hit the gas pedal--hard. You max out at 75 mph before slamming on the brakes and spinning a complete 360. "Good handling," says your instructor. No, this is not basic drivers ed. it's a racing and performance driving school for teens, and instructional courses like this are popping up around the country. The schools claim to teach teens safe-driving skills, but caution! These courses might be hazardous to your safety. "Young drivers have needs that these adrenaline-producing situations do not consider," warns Kristin Backstrom, president of Safe Smart Women, a driver safety program for teen girls that promotes "crash avoidance, not crisis response." Check out the program's great girl-geared advice at S2W.org. You'll be way ahead of the race by the time you get your learner's permit.
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Title Annotation:Short Stuff; racing and performance driving school for teens could be hazardous
Publication:Girls' Life
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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