KeyBank partners with Mid-Ohio School to promote safe teen drivingWritten by Paige Shermis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. In an attempt to combat this statistic, KeyBank is bringing the Key to Safe Teen Driving program to Toledo on June 18.
This is the fifth year the program has been brought to Toledo, said James A. Hoffman, president of KeyBank’s Michigan/Northwest Ohio District.
“One of the things that we have as an objective at the bank is to help our communities to be strong and to grow. One of the issues that exists in most communities is teen driving and teen safety. We were able to partner with one of our customers, who already had a teen safety driving program, and we’ve expanded now to four locations around the state,” Hoffman said.
Key to Safe Teen Driving is also being brought to Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
The Toledo event will take place at Owens Community College at the Center for Emergency Preparedness. It is free and available for any teenager with a valid temporary driving permit or license with access to a vehicle.
Up to 120 students at Key to Safe Teen Driving will receive classroom instruction from professional instructors from the Mid-Ohio School, as well as guided practice in wet braking and emergency lane change maneuvers. The goal is to improve the driving practices of participants.
The program goes beyond what a normal driver’s education will teach a teenager, said Stephen Timms, marketing information coordinator at Mid-Ohio.
“[Key to Safe Teen Driving] is above and beyond what driver’s ed will do. It puts teens in positions that they will encounter out on the streets. We will put them in a position when you need to make an emergency lane change or start to hydroplane … that you usually don’t encounter until you’re in the process of wrecking,” Timms said.
Part of the course involves driving the Honda Civic Skid Car, which replicates driving in icy or wet conditions. The car is outfitted with outriggers that take traction away from the car’s wheels, Timms said.
“It puts them into situations they would not normally be in, so they can safely put the car into a skid,” Hoffman said.
According to a news release from KeyBank, AAA of Northwest Ohio will also be at the event providing free vehicle safety inspections.
This is not the only time KeyBank has partnered with its clients to sponsor events.
“We have a nonprofit clients that we partner with in Toledo. We do a lot of joint programs with them to help them fulfill their mission. We do some joint programming together. We do volunteer hours together. We have 50 nonprofit customers in Northwest Ohio and we support most of them, if not all of them,” Hoffman said.
According to Hoffman and Timms, the program’s testamonials speak volumes to its effectiveness.
“Every teenager who has gone through it has found it very worthwhile and we are glad they had the experience,” Hoffman said.
To register, visit www.keytosafeteendriving.com or call (877) 793-TMOS (8667) for more information on the Mid-Ohio School.