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"Dare to Prepare" teaches teen how to avoid bad driving habits

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The event is called "Dare to Prepare." The focus is to try and teach 14 and 15 year olds how to avoid bad driving habits before they're officially issued a drivers license.

This comes on the heels of a AAA study about distracted driving.

So while it may look like these teens are playing games, they're actually experiencing real world examples of how easy it is to become distracted.

Smart phones, navigation systems and talk to text features are all considered "infotainment" and typical in-car activities for drivers.

The study finds it's not listening to music or even other passengers that are most distracting, but using speech-to-text features while in the car.

AAA Senior Public Affairs Specialist, Doug Shupe said, "Right now teens are out of school. They're going to be spending a lot of time with other young people. They could be driving at night without having all the studies and school work the next day and so it's really important for parents to develop good rules with their teens."

A previous study of distracted driving by the National Safety Council found that talking on a cell phone gives drivers a slower reaction time than if you were legally drunk. AAA says speech-to-text communication is even worse.

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