Expert tries to educate young drivers about importance of attention to road

first_imgRelated Coverage2014 in Clark County saw dramatic jump in fatal crashesWhile young drivers represent only about 13 percent of all licensed drivers on the road, according to the Federal Highway Administration, they are involved in a disproportionate number of vehicle crashes. That trend was reflected last year in Clark County’s 36 fatal crashes, which killed 39 people. One-quarter of the drivers in those cases were under 25 years old. Young drivers also accounted for nearly half of all the collisions in Clark County that resulted in serious injuries, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. “Driving is the most dangerous thing they’re going to do their whole life,” said Nikki Bisconer, owner of Driving 101 in Vancouver.As an instructor, she wants students to pass the driving test, but more importantly she wants to shape safe, knowledgable young drivers. She has students purposely drive in the grass and navigate safely back to the roadway without swerving. They learn what to do if the hood of the car flies up while they’re driving, or if the brakes go to the floor. It’s about giving her students real-life perspective on what it means to drive. That entails learning more than a checklist of things that will appear on the test. Driving requires 100 percent of a driver’s effort and attention, she said. Life is fragile, she said, particularly in the hands of two tons of metal barreling down the highway at 60 mph.last_img read more