As 16-year-old student driver Dylan Wall pilots a brightly painted Honda Scion around the streets of Snoqualmie, the driving instructor seated beside him wants to know what’s going through his head.
“Talk to me,” asks Swerve Driver Training chief instructor Ian Alexander. “What are we seeing?”
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“What do you see way up there?” Alexander asked. “How’s this road? Is it clear? I want you do that. Everytime, I want to hear ‘clear.'”
At a stop, he tells Wall to keep scanning.
“People make mistakes,” he said.
“Every one of these roads, we’re going to scan them and say what?” Alexander asks.
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