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Pride Program helps parents teach teens to drive

January 16, 2004

Albany-- If the thought of getting behind the wheel to teach your teenager to drive makes you cringe, help is on the way. A new state program will help parents terrified by the idea of teaching their teenagers to drive.

For 17-year-old Che' Thursby, being behind the wheel these days is like second nature. That's only because she's had the training of a watchful teacher, her mother. "My mom was a little bit hesitant," says Che'. "She had seen me drive before when I got my learner's license she was a little bit scared."

But Che's mom did get over those fears eventually. "She would almost yell out. 'No Che' stop!' It was like way before a stop sign. It was like so horrible."

Now parents will have a new tool in teaching the rules of the road. The Georgia Teens Ride with Pride program paid for by the governor's office of highway safety will provide a free course for parents on how to teach driving. "I was going to teach her how to drive in traffic. It likely scared the day lights out of me," says Ulysses Daniels. Daniels took the direct approach when teaching his three teenagers. He says any parents would benefit from a program like PRIDE. "It will teach you to be calm with them and not scared with them," says Daniels.

The Pride Program  is slowly being introduced across the state and will also educate parents on end and outs of teen driving laws. The Pride program is available in most South Georgia counties.

For class times and locations call 1-800-342-9819.

posted at 5:15PM by scott.hunter@walb.com

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