Learn 'keys' to safe driving at Owens Community College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 16 May 2013 09:43
KeyBank is bringing a free program to the Toledo area, including Owens Community College, to improve teen driving skills and raise awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers.
Key to Safe Teen Driving is in its fifth year and will include five events in four Ohio cities. The events will all be held in June, which kicks off the summer driving season and the three worst months for teen accidents.
Locally, the program will be held June 18 at the Center for Emergency Preparedness at Owens Community College.
The program is free and open to any teen with a valid driving permit or license and access to a vehicle. AAA of Northwest Ohio will also be at the event providing free vehicle safety inspections.
Key to Safe Teen Driving uses professional instructors from the Mid-Ohio School and is designed to improve teen driving skills.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-to-20-year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and many experts believe that better training of young drivers is part of the solution to this problem.  
Key to Safe Teen Driving offers participants a condensed version of the Mid-Ohio School's Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program.
Up to 120 students at each event will receive classroom instruction and practice in wet braking and emergency lane change maneuvers under the guidance of Mid-Ohio instructors.
Students will also drive the Honda Civic Skid Car, which simulates driving in slick conditions.
"This program helps teens thrive by teaching them driving skills that aren't taught in regular driver training programs. And while this program has touched nearly 2,500 teen drivers in the past few years, its impact has been much greater because it raises awareness among teens about the importance of driving responsibly and raises awareness among parents about the importance of proper training for young drivers," said James A Hoffman, president of KeyBank's Michigan/Northwest Ohio District.
Registration for the Owens event is open at www.keytosafeteendriving.com.
Parents can also call (877) 793-TMOS (8667) for more information.

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