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Teen Car Control Clinic

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If you were driving your vehicle and suddenly lost control, would you know what to do?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for United States teenagers, accounting for more than one in three deaths. Young people are at a greater risk for traffic accidents due to one major reason—lack of experience. While teenagers represent only 5% of the total licensed population, they account for over 12% of motor vehicle crashes.

Gundersen's Division of Trauma is committed to keeping teens safe by offering a Teen Car Control Clinic. This free program teaches teen drivers vehicle control techniques in a controlled environment. Considering 67% of teenage motor vehicle crashes in the Gundersen service area are due to loss of control, the clinic provides young drivers a chance to hone their skills and prepare themselves for dangerous situations that may arise on the road. The clinic will not only teach the fundamentals of vehicle control during the classroom session, but it will also offer invaluable behind-the-wheel exercises with one-on-one instruction.

During the in-car portion of the clinic, instructors will familiarize students with proper braking concepts, vehicle weight transfer and cornering, and unexpected lane changes. The session is designed to heighten students' awareness and responsiveness to real-world situations and boost confidence in their own skills.

Each student must have their own vehicle for the driving portion of the course (if registering more than one student from the same family, each student must have their own vehicle). It is recommended to use the vehicle the teen typically drives. Course requirements include:

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  • Teen must be between the ages 16-19 years old
  • Participants are required to have a valid driver's license to participate (no permit drivers)
  • A parent or guardian must attend the course with the teen
  • Car must be in good mechanical condition and safe in the opinion of the instructor. All cars will need to pass a brief safety inspection. No visible leaks of any kind.
  • The car must be legally registered, licensed and insured to participant or their parent/legal guardian.
  • No race cars or special-use vehicles. The use of Nitrous Oxide will not be allowed.
  • Tires must have visible tread.
  • The car and trunk must be cleaned of all loose items.
  • The battery and spare tire must be secure.
  • Have plenty of gas in the car for the day's event.

Dress comfortably and according to the weather. Closed toed shoes are required. Much of the course is outdoors.

Clinics are typically held in the spring and fall. Contact (608) 775-2011 for more information.

Payment Options and Cancellation Policy

This is a free clinic, but pre-registration is required. To ensure we can accommodate all who want to attend, a $50 deposit is required at registration and can be refunded after course completion on request. Payment can be made by credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card or choose to use a personal check, please call (608) 775-2011 to register.

Cancellations can be made by calling (608) 775-2011 on or before the pre-registration deadline. Any cancellations made after the deadline will result in a forfeit of the $50 registration deposit. Registration deposits will also be forfeited if participants do not show up for the program.

Refund request made before the registration deadline will be processed on approximately a week later. Refund requests on the day of or after the courses will be processed approximately two weeks later.

The Free Teen Car Control Clinic is funded by Kwik Trip, Brenengen Auto Group, La Crosse Police Department, Gundersen Medical Foundation and Gundersen Health System.

A special thank you to The Audi Club of North America, Lindy’s Subs and Salads, La Crosse Fire Department, Courtesy Corporation, Organic Valley, Festival Foods and Caribou Coffee for their donations to the clinic.