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Course to teach teens the dangers of distracted driving

MINI of Grand Rapids and Indy race car drivers will be giving driving lessons to licensed teen drivers today.
Indy drivers prepare to teach teens

Indy drivers prepare to teach teens /courtesy of MINI of Grand Rapids

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Today from 2-6 p.m., MINI of Grand Rapids will be hosting a course for licensed teens. The course will show teenage drivers the dangers of distracted driving. The post-driving license training program, The Mile Ahead Teen Driving Intensive, will create and perform the course. The event will take place behind the showroom at the 28th st location. Stephan Gregoire, seven-time Indy 500 driver, will be leading a team of drivers on the course.

"We used to have them text, but they knocked over too many cones," says Ted Woerner. Challenges teens face on the course include having an instuctor talk to them, counting backward from 100 on a 2-way radio, avoiding cones and having to read and obey signs. There will be a classroom presentation as well, showing statistics about bad driving.

Attendees to the clinic will be registered to win overnight lodging and free entrance to the official Miles Ahead Teen Driving Intensive training at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The event is free, though space is limited. Yesterdog will cater the event from 3-6 p.m..

Interested drivers can still RSVP with Nicole Braun at 616-222-0529 or [email protected]

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