Hundreds of young drivers got a free driving safety course . It was the first time the "Key to Safe Teen Driving" Program, described as the X-games of driver's education, came to the Rochester area.
The squeal of the tires lets you know this is not your average driver's education course. Monday and Tuesday drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 took a free course to learn how to handle the worst.
Instructors spent 30 minutes in a classroom setting. Students spent the next two and a half hours behind the wheel, learning how to safely break in water and make an emergency lane change. They also talked about distracted driving. Local companies, Dunn Tire and Key Bank, helped bring the program here. It's been around for years, but it's the first time the "Key to Safe Teen Driving" program came to our area.
"It's just insane," 17-year-old driver Kayla Szczepanski said. "Oh my gosh I wasn't expecting it. It's definitely different than regular drivers ED sitting behind a desk, just (listening) and it wanting to fall asleep. Actually being out there, it was just insane."
There are four more sessions at MCC Tuesday. Organizers say they are fully booked, but sometimes they have no shows. So they encourage any parent who wants their teens to participate to go down to MCC.