Teens put pedal to the medal and test their driving skills at "Tire Rack Street Survival"

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SALEM (WSLS10) - Putting the pedal to the medal, teens were able to test their driving skills Sunday at the Salem Civic Center. "Tire Rack Street Survival" gives young drivers an opportunity to prepare for the worst situation.

After a two-and-a-half hour training session in the classroom, students were able to apply what they learned on the road.

Accompanied by their instructors, students learned about their cars -- how to maneuver in wet conditions, with two wheels off the road, and how to brake fast.

"The first time you feel a car under g-force then, you may not be used to it," commented Instructor Richard Taylor. "They get to experience it here and so, they develop the muscle memory and the tools that they need to be able to do it on the road.

"It's a little scary at first, but once you get used to it...it's pretty fun," commented student driver Andrew Warner from North Carolina.

"Tire Rack Street Survival" reports car crashes are the leading killer among teens 15 to 20.