LOMPOC, Calif - An AAA study shows more than 5,000 people have died in teen related crashes in the last five years. They coin the summer months as the “100 deadliest days.”
As 15-year-old Corbin Hayes gets ready for his first driving lesson his focus is on the road.
"Is your seat good? You are going to take off your e-break, your car break,” said Clara Pierce, an instructor with Drive Master Driving School in Lompoc.
With summer in full swing teen drivers like Hayes are being asked to eliminate any distractions that could cause an accident.
"On this lane right here, the turning lane--now let’s go. The laws will be on the asphalt above,” said Pierce as she walks Hayes through the next lesson.
"I think I will be fine driving with other people, I don’t get distracted that easy,” said Hayes.
He's learning the in's and out's of the road.
"Lane one, lane two, center lane, yellow says caution prepare to stop,” says Pierce.
Summer means there are more teen drivers on the road.
"All we see is we have to go, we want to party, go to the beach, there is much more around you than that,” said Pierce.
The AAA study also shows nearly 60% of teen crashes are because they are distracted behind the wheel.
Pierce suggests putting your phone in your trunk so you don’t get tempted to use it.
"No one really knows you are a new driver so they drive as they normally do,” said Hayes after his first lesson.
Pierce said while she teaches drivers what to do it’s also important that parents reinforce the importance of safe driving.
"Every time you get in the car you should be saying who am I going to save today,” she adds.
"It was fun, a little nerve wracking at first,” says Hayes.