Westfield Insurance and The Mid-Ohio School hosted nearly 150 teen drivers at the sixth annual Road Safe Teens Program on Saturday, November 2. The hands-on instructional event taught participants basic car safety tips and defensive driving techniques through a series of drills.
Seeing its highest enrollment to date, the free event was held just a few days after the end of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26).
Said attendee and father David Hamann, “I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the presentation Saturday for the Westfield Insurance Road Safe Teens Program. I have been driving for 37 years, and there were things I learned from this program that I never knew. I think that this course should be presented to all new potential drivers; I believe the rate of accidents for teen drivers would, and could, be cut in half.”
During the event, students and instructors covered the following topics:
- Hazardous driving preparation—taught with assistance from a special skid car designed to simulate rough driving conditions.
- Rules and tips for emergency lane changes.
- How to prepare for and properly brake.
- General car maintenance—tire pressure, fluid level and battery checks, as well as how to change a tire and different warning light definitions.
The event was seen as a success, with many parents complimenting instructors on their lessons learned and the value received from event attendance and participation.
One of the cars used for demonstrations and drills.
For more photos from the event, visit the Westfield Facebook page.
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