Central Texas business owner teaches teens how to drive in the rain

Posted at 7:50 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-02 17:38:05-05

Tonya Dansby is the owner of Central Texas Driving School, and she said she wants to make sure the next generation of central Texas drivers are prepared to drive when the roads are wet.

"We have a whole module dedicated to driving in the rain, so we want to make sure they know what they need to do," Dansby said. "Anytime it rains we don’t shut down. We make sure our drivers go out so that every kid can benefit as much as possible from the rainy conditions."

Mytavia Samuels is one of the students who attend Central Texas Driving School, and she said that she is no where near ready to drive in the rain. 

"I’m real scared" Samuels said. "I’m scared to drive in the rain," she added.

That fear is understandable since a Department of Public Safety official estimated the number of wrecks in central Texas in the last 24 hours is in the triple digits. But Dansby hopes to lower the number of wet-road accidents by teaching her students how to drive in the rain. 

"We want the students to understand the dangers of driving in the weather [and] what happens to the roads when they get wet," she said.

Students at the school spend a whole two-hour session dedicated to watching videos, reviewing PowerPoint, and discussion how to drive in the rain. Dansby said she also has the driving instructors take the students out for drives when it's raining. 

Samuels said she is learning a lot. "Take it easy driving in the rain. Do not go fast or it will be a crash," she said. 

And she hopes that the training she is learning at Central Texas Driving School will benefit her even more. "I’ll be more confident from where I am right now... [on] a level of 1 to 10, probably a 6.

Teens, adults, and Spanish-speakers can take classes at Central Texas Driving School, and teenagers can also take the driving test at the school. 

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