Working Together: Toyota TeenDrive365 Promotes Safe Driving
The first year of a teen’s driving career is a crucial time when it comes to learning to be a safe driver or a reckless one. During this year, it’s important for parents to be as actively involved as possible in setting a good example, and supporting their teens’ good driving skills. It’s during this year that teenagers learn how to drive responsibly, which drastically lessens the chance of them getting into potentially fatal collisions.
Fortunately, programs like Toyota TeenDrive365 exist to help share helpful tips, resources, and information vital for both parents and teens for the first year of driving. Toyota TeenDrive365 allows and encourages a parent or guardian to participate in the event with the teen. Each event is a two-and-a-half-hour session that includes practical driving time as well as classroom discussions. Each event covers information like how to maintain your vehicle (such as checking your oil or changing a tire) and defensive driving techniques, as well as a variety of other tips and techniques to help turn teens into safe, responsible drivers.
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Michael Rouse, Toyota’s vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs, said, “Toyota is committed to bringing parents and teens together to better navigate the important first years on the road. Through this year’s three hands-on safe driving programs around the country, coupled with our online TeenDrive365 resources, we hope to make the roads a little safer for everyone.”
This year’s Toyota TeenDrive365 events are scheduled to take place in three U.S. locations: Pearl, Mississippi (September 27 and 28 at Bass Pro Shops); Ann Arbor, Michigan (October 4 and 5 at Washtenaw Community College); and Honolulu, Hawaii (November 8 and 9 at Aloha Stadium). Learn more about the events on the Toyota TeenDrive365 website.
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If you live near any of these locations, I strongly encourage you to attend with your teen. With the leading cause of death in teenagers as motor vehicle crashes, it’s imperative that we start our children off on the right path to becoming good, safe drivers.
- Dawn CarberryContributor
Dawn Carberry is the digital marketing manager and the head blogger for the Haddad Automotive Group, located in the city of Pittsfield in Western MA. The Haddad Auto Group includes Haddad Toyota, Haddad Subaru, Haddad Hyundai, and Haddad Nissan new car dealerships, and Haddad of South County used cars.