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Teens gather at AMP as part of the Drive to Thrive initiative where professional instructors teaches life-saving
driving skills to young, inexperienced drivers. PHOTO BY DENISE RAY

AMP driving initiative for teen drivers

By Denise Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP) is joining the fight to save teen lives during National Teen Driving Safety Awareness Week.

AMP’s teen driving program—now operating under the new brand, Drive to Thrive Atlanta—provides teenagers with a unique opportunity to learn life-saving advanced driving skills from professional instructors.

“The launch of Drive to Thrive Atlanta represents an exciting evolution of AMP’s teen school,” Jeremy Porter, CEO of Atlanta Motorsports Park said.

Using its state of the art training facilities, including a world class skid pad and ice hill, AMP teaches advanced driving maneuvers that are not covered during traditional Drivers Education. Students of the teen program learn vital driving skills for life including wet weather, evasive and defensive handling skills as well as the dangers of distracted driving.

Porter founded the teen driving program in 2012 as part of a personal mission to protect society’s youngest drivers after being involved in an accident as a teenager that broke his back and left his co-passengers in the ICU. The program has serviced more than 500 participants since its launch.

“Aside from learning how to handle life threatening situations, we aim to instill in teenagers a healthy respect for speed as well as an understanding of what their vehicle can and cannot do,” Porter said. “We constantly receive feedback from the parents of teenagers who have taken our program telling us how the skills learned at AMP have literally saved their kids’ lives.”

National Teen Driving Safety Awareness Week runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 during which Drive to Thrive Atlanta will visit schools in Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties showcasing advanced driving techniques combined with fun activities and giveaways during the week also. On Oct. 21 AMP will host fun teen safety awareness event to coincide with the Legends and Bandaleros Race where teens will have the chance to watch the race, meet the drivers and understand why fast driving occurs in controlled environments only, supported by advanced driver training and superior vehicle knowledge.

The park will offer the driving course to a young driver from a low-income background at no cost every time the program is purchased at its full $295 price.

National Teen Driving Safety Awareness Week was established by Congress in 2007 to raise awareness for teen safe driving issues. Motor vehicle crashes remain the primary cause of death for adolescents in America and teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers. Each year, more than 5,000 teens are killed in motor vehicle crashes.

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