Receiving a phone call that their child has been involved in an automobile accident is a parent¿s worst nightmare. However, many teenage driving accidents can be avoided with proper training such as that being offered Saturday and Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Xtreme Measures, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization, will host the extensive two-day training session that educates students in proper driving skills and techniques.

After several hours of classroom instruction, teens receive 12 hours of seat time where they navigate extreme situations such as wet-pavement spins and emergency braking. During the driving sessions, each student has an instructor by his or her side at all times.

As a result of insufficient time behind the wheel before acquiring a driver's license, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. The idea that these accidents can be prevented has brought attention to Xtreme Measures which supplements traditional driver education courses.

The two-day course costs $395 and participants must have either a state-issued driver's license or learner's permit.

"I am convinced kids don¿t go out and drive with the intention of killing themselves or others," said Carl Kircher, founder of Xtreme Measures. "They just don't have the accident recognition skills in place to modify whatever behavior it is that is leading them to the edge of an accident."

"Giving some 16-year-olds keys to the car is like giving them a loaded pistol," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Driver education courses do a good job with fundamentals, covering the traffic laws and preparing them to pass their state driver license tests. However, these programs do not have the time or resources necessary to provide one-on-one driver development, especially simulating extreme situations."

Xtreme Measures has been committed to saving teen lives for more than four years.

For information or to reserve a spot for the Xtreme Measures course at Charlotte Motor Speedway, contact 704-544-8822. Additional details are also available online at www.xtrememeasures.org.