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IDOT Urges Teen Winter Driving Safety

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Learning how to ease on the brake is the first step Stacia Bissell teaches teens about driving in snow.
You need to train them how to be ready for all different types of weather, said Bissell a driving instructor for Right Way Driver Education.
Even though its only October and Iowa roads are pretty clear, Bissell says its the perfect time to get teens behind the wheel and winter driving ready.
We talk about the snow even in the summertime, Bissell said. I dont think theres a time thats too soon to start teaching them all that.
And neither does the Iowa Department of Transportation.
"Teenage drivers tend to get into more fender bender type accidents," said Cathy Cutler IDOT transportation planner.
As part of national teen driver safety week, IDOT wants parents to get a jump start on teaching their teens how to drive safely on slick, snowy roads.
"You don't really want them to be on the interstate or on the major roads the first time they're driving in winter weather, Cutler said.
Experts say besides practice, parents should also teach their teen about the car itself.
Turning lights on, maneuvering the windshield wipers, Bissell said.
IDOT says parents should teach their teens to pack winter survival kits and make sure the vehicle is winter ready.
Theyre tips 14 year old Ethan Rauch will keep in mind as winter approaches.
I know to slow down if its slippery or raining, Rauch said. So I dont hurt anybody or hurt myself.

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