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Drivers Education Enhanced With SnowSubmitted: 02/14/2019
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen
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dhagen@wjfw.com

Drivers Education Enhanced With Snow
RHINELANDER - Paul Ellenbecker has been the Rhinelander school district driver's education instructor for the past two years.

Practice makes perfect, and Ellenbecker said driving after Wednesday's winter storm is a reality for these Rhinelander high schoolers.

"Yesterday was kind of a dream day for a driver's ed teacher," said Ellenbecker. "When you drive in a situation like that with that much snow that came down that quick. People have to get from point A to point B. Kids have to know how to do that."

Ellenbecker's students have to complete 30 hours of classroom learning, along with 12 hours in the car.


Student Alivia Krause said she was surprised about how much longer it takes to stop in the snow. And starting the car was a learning curve too.

"When you get going you actually don't want to push the gas pedal to the floor you want to easily do it and that was kind of surprising cause I thought oh you want to push the gas pedal harder so you can actually move but that's not the case," said Krause.

Before teenagers like Alivia take their official test with the DMV, they do one last drive with Paul, going over everything one more time.

"They start out having a hard time doing a basic right turn. And by the time they're done a lot of them are pretty good drivers. It's rewarding as a teacher to see that," said Ellenbecker.


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