Chrysler Foundation Launches “Mopar Road Ready” for Teen Drivers
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the United States, but Chrysler Group is fighting back as it plans to launch an advanced driving program called “Mopar Road Ready” in 2015. The program is sponsored by the Chrysler Foundation and supported by Mopar; the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Motorsports Museum and B.R.A.K.E.S (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) will also be lending their support.
The “Mopar Road Ready” program will be open to teens aged 15 – 19 with either a valid learner’s or driver’s license, as well as 30 hours of driving under their belts.
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“Mopar is a brand that cares about and supports all its drivers, especially the youngest, and that is why we’ve teamed with the NHRA Motorsports Museum and B.R.A.K.E.S to develop the ‘Mopar Road Ready’ teen driver’s training program,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar Service, Parts, and Customer Care. “You can’t put a price on safety, so along with the Chrysler Foundation, Mopar will be supporting this very worthwhile initiative with six free sessions for teenage drivers through select Mopar dealers.”
The “Mopar Road Ready” program will involve both classroom instruction and hands-on learning, with a student-instructor ratio of 3:1. The classroom portion will review basic topics, and the hands-on learning will include drives on five courses. Mopar hopes to affect over 1,000 teens and parents.
The Chrysler Foundation and Mopar plan to offer three sessions: one in Pomona, California, from February 21st – 22nd; one in Gainesville, Florida, from March 21st – 22nd; and one in Detroit, Michigan, from May 2nd – 5th, totally free of charge.
Registration will begin in early 2015, though the participating dealerships will be announced next month.
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