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Teen driving safety tips for summer

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More teen drivers will be out on the roads as we head into the summer.  

Already in the last couple of weeks two Greenville County teens were killed in crashes.

A 16-year-old East Side High School student died in a rollover a little more than a week ago.

And investigators say an 18-year-old student from Shannon Forest Christian School, Andrew Still, died when he lost control of his car.

Officers say often times these accidents are caused because young drivers are just inexperienced behind the wheel. 

FOX Carolina stopped into the BMW Performance Driving School to get some safety tips for new drivers.  

The first tip is to wear your seatbelt.

"If it gets to the point where you can't avoid an accident, you want all of those safety systems to be working for you and even things like air bags are designed to work in combination with the seat belt. Some people think, 'well, the air bag will help me,' but it's designed for the belt to stop you and then the airbag to come in and help,"said Matt Mullins, BMW Performance Driving School.

Mullins says it's a good idea for new drivers to have an idea of how to control a car in the event the tires lose grip. He says it's also a good idea for teens to know how to avoid distractions while driving.

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