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Drivers Edge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of teenage and young adult drivers learned life-saving skills behind the wheel Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A non-profit that combats teenage car crashes called Driver's Edge teamed up with Nevada's Highway Patrol for the training.

Drivers learned behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction on skid control, evasive lane change maneuvers, anti-lock braking skills and panic-braking techniques.

Instructors are covered the dangers of texting and other distractions, plus written tests designed to test knowledge both before and after students are behind the wheel.

"The skills that we've been given here today; their really something that we can actually use; it's not something that's written in a book; it's something that you've actually lived," said 18-year-old driver Andrew Kalnicki.

Kalnicki was recently involved in an accident where nearly everyone involved had to be airlifted or rushed to the ER.

He survived and signed up for this training to learn how to be a better driver.

Driver's Edge Founder Jeff Payne says teens need to be taught how to properly drive.

"Everyone's so quick to point fingers and blame kids for being immature and reckless and out of control; but the reality is how should we expect them to act any other way when they've never been shown what their limitations are," Payne said.

The charity is pushing for the class to be requirement for teenage drivers before their issued a license.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of America's teens.

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