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Auto Club's Driving School Holding Classes for Teens in La Mesa

(Grossmont/La Mesa, July 26, 2005) — At the Automobile Club of Southern California's Auto Club Driving School, parents go to class right along with teens. The driving school, which opened in May in La Mesa, offers a variety of comprehensive driver education packages, but every package requires that parents and teens attend a one-hour orientation class together.

After that, teens continue going to class, but parents are encouraged to stay involved and help teens practice the driving techniques they learn at the school.

The Auto Club Driving School, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is designed to teach teen drivers how to safely operate a vehicle, reduce crashes and save lives. School participants can qualify for an auto insurance discount through the Auto Club's affiliated insurance company.

"The Auto Club co-sponsored California's Graduated Driver License Law which requires teen drivers to have more driving experience before obtaining a full license," said Kathy Downing, Auto Club manager of driver services. "The Auto Club Driving School helps young drivers get the training the law requires and uses a curriculum based on research of actual teen crashes. Teens need time behind the wheel in order to become skilled at navigating Southern California's complex driving environment."

Classes are also available in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Burbank, Costa Mesa, Diamond Bar, Escondido, Long Beach, Riverside and Torrance.

Enrollments are now being accepted for September classes held at the Auto Club's Grossmont/La Mesa district office, 8765 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa. Participants can enroll by calling toll-free, 1-877-428-2277. Registration and advance payment are required. A variety of driver education packages are offered, including teen driver evaluations.

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