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Teen Driving School | Consumer Reports


Miles, Jess, welcome to the
Consumer Reports auto test center. This is Jen Stockburger, she’s
the Director of Operations here. Hi. Hi, Jess. Hi, Miles. Welcome. So we got kind of a special
thing for you guys today. We’re going to put
you in this car and expose you, in the safety of
our track, to some, hopefully, real world experiences,
build your confidence behind the wheel,
and show you some of what the car’s capable of
doing for you to keep you safe. So, Jess, how long
have you been driving? About a year. Yeah. And miles? I got my permit a month ago. Oh, so there’s a
difference even among you guys, which we
may see out there. So, Jess, with your
vast year of experience, I think we’re going to start
with you in the driver’s seat. So let’s get out
there and do it. All right, guys,
“let’s drive” on three. Ready? OK. Hands up. 1, 2, 3. Let’s drive! We’re off to drive! So exciting. So the first course
we’re going to do is getting a feel
for heavy braking. Anti-lock brakes, or ABS, are
key to stopping in the shortest distance, while maintaining
control of your car in an emergency. But Jen says it’s
really important to get a feel for when they
are engaged and working well before you ever need them. And it’s important
for Jess and miles to learn that you want
to apply firm pressure and keep your foot on the brake
until your car is stopped. [ENGINE ACCELERATING] OK. When you hit the
two cones, brake. [TIRES SQUEALING] Whoa. OK. So that was a good brake– Whoo! –but it wasn’t hard enough. OK. You didn’t feel the ABS, because
you’ll know when you get it. So we’re going to try it again. When you feel ABS,
your reaction is going to be to lift off that. Yeah, I definitely did. Don’t do it, because
let it do its job. Like almost stand on them, Jess,
to get that emergency braking. Here we go. Here we go. Oh, she’s got it now. [TIRES SQUEALING] Ooh! That was great. Yeah, so good, so good. That felt so weird. And that my friends is the ABS! You know I ate lunch
right before this. [LAUGHTER] All right, Miles, put
some miles on this car. All right, here we go. Hit those brakes. Ooh. Whoa. Feel it? I felt like something,
like, tapped on my foot. Yeah. (CHUCKLES) A little
tickle on the foot. If someone tickles your foot,
you usually yank your leg away. Well, don’t do that. Now, back to Jess for
ABS demo number two. So you’re going to go to the
cones, start your braking, but at the same time,
put a little steering. And what we’re
trying to demonstrate is that ABC lets you do both. Which is why it’s
such an advantage. So brake and steer. And that’s what Jess is
going to do right now. Right, Jess? All right. Here we go. [MUSIC PLAYING] [ENGINE ACCELERATING] You got it. You got it. Now brake, steer. All right! Yes! Solid. See it? I was so scared. So you had both. The steering wheel, like, I
thought it wasn’t going to, like, actually turn. But it did. OK. There you go. Don’t be nervous, open track. Not a person out
there you could hurt. Yeah, just cones. OK. And brake. Nice. Nice. You did it. I was expecting to hit a cone. Oh, maybe you did. Maybe we just rolled– oh, now you did. Now I did it. What is this? This is called the
avoidance maneuver. See the two cones in the middle? Yeah. Pretend that’s a kid
running out with a ball. And I’m going to say to you, at
the last minute, left or right. Because in the real
world, you won’t be able to prepare for
the kid running out. And can you make that
quick, evasive maneuver? [ENGINE ACCELERATING] Coming in, and I
want you to go left. Good job. Ooh. Excellent! Did you feel the control? Yeah. You were in the box, you
avoided the kid with the ball. You did a great job. And I felt the ABS. And you felt the ABS. Now Miles gives the
avoidance maneuver a spin. Right. Now brake. Brake, brake, brake, brake. These complicated maneuvers can
be tricky for young drivers. That’s part of the point. Right. That was good. Good! So how are you feeling? Getting a little more
comfortably each time? Yeah. And that’s the point. New lesson, so this
is a slalom course. Yeah. What we’re looking for
here is a couple of things. One, training
yourself as a driver to not look so close to what’s
ahead in front of your bumper, but kind of ahead of
where you want to go. I also want to see your
hands just at 9 and 3. It does two things:
gives you control, but prevents you
from getting injured if the airbag should ever
deploy, because your hands are now on the sides. OK. Look ahead. [ENGINE ACCELERATING] Staying steady on your throttle. Nice. (CHUCKLES) Nice. Yeah. Very nice. Excellent job. And you did something
that was very good, you also kept your gas pedal
and your throttle very steady. Now Miles tries the course. There you go, Miles. OK. Slow down, you’re going to miss. See, now you’re missing. You’re giving too much gas. One more time. Speed up, speed up. Right. There we go. Left. Nice. Yay! And left. Awesome! Nice. So good! Do you feel it? Yeah. I think I hit a cone, though. That’s OK. That was great! Nice job. Nice job. Nice work, buddy. Nice job. How you feeling, Jack? Yeah, I’m doing–
I’m doing good. (LAUGHS) So you guys did great. You did great. So, Jen, ultimately should
teenagers practice these? We absolutely encourage, if
there are driving schools in your area that do
similar demonstrations, take advantage of them. Not only do they give you that
experience like we just did, they can give you a
break on your insurance. So, what do you think? You want to go try some more? Yeah, let’s do it again. Oh, I think I’m going to
sit this one out, guys. (LAUGHS) All right? Good luck over there. All right.

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