Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-to-20-year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
So, KeyBank is expanding a free program designed to improve teen driving skills and raise awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers.
KeyBank conducted its Key to Safe Teen Driving program in four cities in Ohio and Indiana last summer, in conjunction with The Mid-Ohio School and Kumho Tire USA. For 2011, the program is expanding to nine cities in Ohio and Indiana.[ Also Read: Jane Lynch Says No to Texting While Driving ]
According to Tom Tulodzieski, president of KeyBank’s Great Lakes Region, Key is sponsoring the program because it is designed to improve teen driving skills and raise awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers.
“Our mission at KeyBank is to help clients and communities thrive,” said Tulodzieski. “This program helps teens thrive by teaching them driving skills that aren’t taught in regular driver training programs. While this program will touch nearly 1700 teen drivers, its impact can be much greater by raising awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers.”
Key to Safe Teen Driving offers a condensed version of The Mid-Ohio School’s Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program. 120 students at each event will receive classroom instruction, practice wet braking and emergency lane change maneuvers, and drive the Honda Civic Skid Car, which simulates driving in slick conditions.
The 2011 schedule includes:
- Cleveland–June 15 & 16
- Dayton–June 22
- Cincinnati–June 23
- Canton–June 29
- Akron–June 30
- South Bend–July 13 & 14
- Toledo–July 20 & 21
- Indianapolis–July 27 & 28
- Columbus–August 3 & 4
Registration for all events is open at www.keytosafeteendriving.com
Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the leading bank-based financial services companies.