UPublish story by Jacquie Mazziotta, Stow-Munroe Falls School District

“Key to Safe Teen Driving,” a free in-classroom and behind-the-wheel program designed to improve teen driving skills and raise awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers, will be held at Stow-Munroe Falls High School on June 20. The program is sponsored by KeyBank and Kumho Tire U.S.A. and features professional driving instructors from The Mid-Ohio School.


Nearly 5,000 U.S. teens die each year in traffic accidents, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-to-20-year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Driving instructors at The Mid-Ohio School note that the average 16-year-old soccer player has had 1,500 hours of coaching, while the average 16-year-old driver has had only 50 hours of driver training.
 
“Key to Safe Teen Driving” is a condensed version of The Mid-Ohio School's Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program. Participants receive classroom instruction and the chance to practice wet braking and emergency lane change maneuvers in their own vehicles under the watchful eyes of Mid-Ohio instructors. Students will also drive the Honda Skid Car, which simulates driving in slippery conditions.
 
The SMFHS event will accommodate up to 120 students on June 20, with drivers split into four groups. Each group will take approximately three hours to complete the program.
 

Parents may register their teen driver for the program at www.keytosafeteendriving.com. Parents may also call 877-793-TMOS (8667) for more information.