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Pro Truckers Teach Teens

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BILLINGS - The American Trucking Association is educating teen drivers hands-on in Billings this week. The ATA brings the "Share the Road" Highway Safety Program to driver's education classes at three Magic City high schools.

Truck driver David May has driven more than three million accident free miles, and he uses his experience to educate teen drivers.

"You're going to spend a lot of time in your life around us, and we want you to have a safe time," he said. "Everybody gets home safely -- that's the purpose of our program."

Pro truckers showed Billings Senior High School students how to react when driving around a semi-truck. Students climbed inside the cab to see first hand what a truck driver can -- and cannot -- see.

"They think everything is clear," he said. "Then they get out, and see the car in that spot. All of the sudden, the lights go on, everything clicks, and they say 'Wow, this is something that I have to prepare for.'"
     
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that car crashes are the No. 1 cause of  teen deaths, killing an estimated 2,800 teenagers every year.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that 35 percent of all truck-involved highway deaths happen in a truck's blind spot. The truck drivers instructed students to stay out of blind spots, always pass on the left, and never tailgate.

"The dependency on trucks isn't going to go down, it's going to go up," he said.

Driving around semis truly is inevitable for any driver, as the ATA says there's more than seven million truck drivers in the country.

The group of ATA drivers will perform the same demonstration at Skyview High School on Wednesday, and West High School on Thursday.