Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience
Local Teens to Learn Potentially Life-Saving Driving Skills at the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience
Free advanced skills training on accident avoidance, smart driving choices, vehicle dynamics and elimination of distracted driving; May 11 and 12 at Remington Park
Knowing in advance how a vehicle will react in an emergency situation can make all the difference between a serious crash and a near miss that saves many lives. For most new drivers, this essentialfeel for a car’s power and control isn’t learned in a basic driver’s education class or by tips from mom and dad on the open road.
The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience will give these new drivers a chance to learn and experience such vital driving controls in a safe, closed-course environment. The free, half-day workshop is designed as a hands-on training session to teach young people the skills needed to better handle accident avoidance situations, make good choices and eliminate distracted driving behaviors.
Bridgestone Americas’ free national teen driver safety tour will help America’s newest drivers become our smartest – and it’s coming to the Remington Park near I-35 on May 11 and 12.
Each session combines classroom instruction with putting students behind the wheel for several hands-on driving exercises – including a skid pad – to reinforce smart decision-making on the open road. The clinic demonstrates vehicle dynamics and the best ways to respond in less-than-ideal driving situations; all within a fun and interactive environment.
Location: Remington Park off the I-35 expressway at exit 132 (NE 50th Street). Event will take place in the facility’s C-3/D-3 parking lot. Enter from N Eastern Ave./Martin Luther King Ave.
Dates: Choice of May 11 or 12.
Times: Four half-day sessions for families to pick from; starting at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day.
Who: Students ages 15-21 with valid permit or driver’s license.
To Register: Visit www.
Bridgestone’s Teens Drive Smart program sessions are led by highly-trained instructors, many with motorsports, stunt driving and test track experience. They understand critical vehicle dynamics and put the students through practice maneuvers that can be replicated on the open road to avoid crashes. The instructors show these life-saving driving concepts, share tips to improve reaction time and provide constructive feedback – all in a fun, supervised environment.
The program's curriculum for teenagers is designed to:
· Define and identify distracted driving behaviors
· Identify the dangerous situations caused by distracted driving
· Develop a base understanding of driving principles
· Show the importance of keeping your eyes on the road
· Understand reaction times in emergency braking situations and how to control your vehicle on slippery surfaces
· Accident avoidance and vehicle dynamics
Parents are invited to watch and hear what their children are being taught, and can also learn:
· An awareness of their own behind-the-wheel behavior and how it impacts their teens’ driving patterns
· How to model proper driving habits
· The importance of clarifying and enforcing the rules of responsible driving with teens
“New statistics show that after years of declining rates of teen deaths due to car crashes, they’re again on the rise, so having this type of training is still crucial,” said Angela Patterson, Bridgestone’s teen driver safety coordinator. “This program helps our newest drivers see the true impact distracted driving can have, and shows them how to make the best decisions while behind the wheel and avoid deadly collisions. Bridgestone remains committed to educating our newest drivers on how to stay safe on the road, and this new experience offers valuable information to help them do that.”
Upcoming event locations include: Boston (June 8-9) and Baltimore (June 22-23) before three stops in the Midwest in the summer in Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis. The tour concludes with visits to Houston, Atlanta, Memphis and Nashville in the fall. Participating teenagers must be between the ages of 15-21 and have a valid driver's license or learner's permit. Attendees with at least 30 hours of driving experience gain the most benefit from the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience. The event is free to attend, but advanced registration is required. Visit www.teensdrivesmarttour.
Where: Remington Park
Address: 1 Remington Place