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Early drivers take an extra course in safety

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PEORIA, Ill (HOI) -- -

Car crashes are the leading killer of American teens from ages 15 to 20.

A non-profit driving education program hosted an event for these young teens.

Un-like traditional driving programs this teaches teens the skills they need to stay alive behind the wheel. 

They drove around tracks that made is specifically challenging for the driver. 

They had corn on sharp turns.

And the fire department sprayed water around their track to test their reaction time in a controlled environment. 

This is the 15th year the program has done this. 

They've trained more than 20,000 people.

"So, I could get a little more experience just because I'm a new driver on the road. I'm trying to keep everyone safe," said Dustin Teorte who is a new driver. 

"We wanted them to experience what those sensations are like so when the first time you are out there and have to make those maneuvers under those conditions that they know how to handle it. It basically becomes second nature to them."," said Rick Largen, the chairmen of the event.

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