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GREAT HANG UP: 'Don't be a hypocrite' urges driving instructor

1:34 PM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), summer is the deadliest time of year for teen drivers and passengers.

The two days with the most deaths during summer months between 2006-2010 were Aug. 8 and Aug. 14. On average, more than 16 teens were killed in car crashes on each of these days.

For veteran driving instructor John Diggs of Natomas Driving School, AAA's findings make his job of educating teens and adults on proper driving techniques even more important.

"I make everyday a day to help educate proper driving technique, and hearing that study just means I'm gonna work harder at doing that," said Diggs.

Diggs has been a driving instructor for 35 years. He says if there's one thing he can tell everyone when getting behind the wheel it's this: "Don't be a hypocrite," he said. "Drive safe yourselves. You don't want your kids texting don't text. Stop being hypocritical when it comes to how you want other people driving when you're not driving that way yourself."

Diggs has been the owner and operator of Natomas Driving School since 1982. He says his honest, seasoned approach to teaching driving techniques is why he's been so successful over the years and why families with new drivers love working with him.

"I am one of the only driving schools around that will allow parents to come along while we're on the course. If they want to know how I'm gonna get their kids to learn and be safe, I challenge them to drive with us and see. They'll see I'm the best, and they'll learn something too!" Diggs said.

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