Providing driving techniques not found in a typical drivers' education classroom, the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program puts students behind the wheel to learn skills that will be used for a lifetime. Students practice collision recovery techniques, loss of control recovery skills, bad weather maneuvers through emergency lane change, wet braking, slalom and skid car drills. Parents are highly encouraged to stay and watch the program while their teen participates. Course begins at 9:00 am with registration. Class begins at 9:30 am and ends at approximately 3:30 pm. The program takes place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 7721 Lexington-Steam Corners Rd, Lexington, OH.
Amount of Seat Time
- Discussion of driving basics, defensive driving behavior and vehicle safety
- Classroom session covering the physics and dynamics of good driving
- Wet braking drill
- Emergency lane change / collision avoidance drill
- Skid car drill simulating weather conditions such as ice, snow and rain
- Vehicle maintenance talk
Paddock Drills - 3 hours
This Course is Ideally Suited For:
"Double-Up Days" Option
- Newly permitted or licensed teenage driver
- A parent that would like to take the course with their new driver
On select dates, Double-Up Days will provide two teens the life saving skills provided in a traditional Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program for one price. Each participant will split the driving time in the car, but both will get to experience all of the classroom and defensive driving drills covered in the standard teen program format. Teens will benefit from the "watch and learn" environment of a Double-Up Day.
Family Driving Days Option
On a handful of dates a year, we open our teen program to parents and allow mom or dad to take the class at the same time as son or daughter. You probably already taught your child how to drive, now help them excel behind the wheel by teaming up to take a Defensive Driving Program. Spend great time with your teen learning key skills and becoming a better driver, together. Parent and child will each get their own school car to drive.
» $650 includes use of Honda Civic EX Coupes for parent and child
The Hard Facts on Teen Driving!
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 90,185 teenage drivers (ages 16-20) were involved in traffic accidents in 2005 alone, accounting for 15.1% of all traffic accidents that occurred on Ohio roads. In nearly 64% of those accidents, the teen driver was found to be at fault. Most frightening, teenage drivers were involved in nearly 13% of all fatal traffic accidents that year. The conclusion? A lack of experience puts young drivers at risk behind the wheel, which can end in tragic results.
The Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program prepares young motorists for real world situations by exposing them to potentially hazardous situations in a safe and controlled environment. Our philosophy is "it's better to teach good, safe driving habits now than break bad habits that could have severe consequences later.
Westfield Insurance Discount
Recently, Westfield Insurance announced a 10% policy discount for graduates of this program. The discount applies to the vehicle driven by the person attending the program and applies to any current or new policyholder. Each participant is required to provide a completion certificate or letter from the defensive teen driver safety course attended. For more information or to find a Westfield agent, visit www.westfieldinsurance.com
AAA Approved Driving School
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has added The Mid-Ohio School and its Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program to its Approved Driving School Network. AAA, through the Ohio Auto Club committee, nominated and certified the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program to become just the third driving school of its type in the nation to meet the high standards of the AAA Approved Driving School Network.
*Schedule subject to change
- Saturday, March 16 - SOLD OUT
- Sunday, March 17 - SOLD OUT
- Saturday, March 23 - Double Up Option
- Sunday, March 24 - SOLD OUT
- Saturday, April 6 - SOLD OUT
- Sunday, April 7 - Family Driving Days
- Saturday, April 20
- Sunday, April 21
- Saturday, April 27 - Double Up Option
- Sunday, April 28
- Saturday, May 11 - Family Driving Days
- Sunday, May 12
- Saturday, May 18 - Double Up Option
- Tuesday, June 4
- Friday, June 7 - Family Driving Days
- Saturday, June 8
- Sunday, June 9
- Friday, June 21
- Saturday, June 22 - Double Up Option
- Monday, June 24
- Friday, July 5
- Saturday, July 6
- Sunday, July 7
- Wednesday, July 10
- Monday, July 22
- Saturday, July 27
- Sunday, July 28 - Double Up Option
- Thursday, August 8
- Friday, August 9 - Family Driving Days
- Saturday, August 10 - Double Up Option
- Saturday, August 24
- Sunday, August 25
- Saturday, August 31 - Double Up Option
- Sunday, September 1
- Sunday, September 8
- Saturday, September 21
- Sunday, September 22 - Family Driving Days
- Saturday, September 28 - Double Up Option
- Saturday, October 5
- Sunday, October 6
- Sunday, October 13
- Saturday, October 19 - Double Up Option
- Sunday, October 20
- Sunday, November 3
- Saturday, November 9 - Double Up Option
- Sunday, November 10
- Saturday, November 16
- Sunday, November 17 - Double Up Option
- Saturday, November 23
$375 - Includes use of a Honda Civic EX Coupe
"Double-Up" Days: $425 - Includes the use of a Honda Civic EX Coupe
Participant must be age 15 ½ and have a temporary permit or valid driver's license to enroll. Parent/guardian must sign a waiver for participant under the age of 18.
Parents are welcome to enroll in the program with teenager or stay and watch throughout the day of the program. Guest lunches are $8 each.
All participants, or their parent or guardian, are required to sign a liability waiver if using a school car. This waiver states, in the event of damage to the vehicle, you would be responsible for up to $1,500 in damages.
"In October 2007 we enrolled my daughter in the Teen Defensive Driving Course at the Mid Ohio Race track. The instructors allow my wife and I to 'sit in' during the classroom training and we watched during the track training. I was really intrigued with the computer controlled 'skid car' and took quite a few pictures while the kids were developing their skills. The instructor saw me and asked if I would like to give it a try while the rest of the group was at lunch. When the car was programmed to behave like it was on black ice I performed miserably ... until the instructor showed me some tricks. Within three laps I was maintaining control and able to do complete laps without hitting a single cone. I was amazed how much I learned that day and how that training would ultimately save me from a potentially horrific accident."
"On Sunday December 21, 2008 I was driving to a service call on Telegraph Road in Monroe, Michigan. It was 7 degrees and the wind was blowing snow over the highway. Most of the main roads had ice and the side roads and parking lots were ice covered from the rain and then snow we had for the last few days. I was traveling about 40mph (on a 55mph road) and was experiencing whiteout conditions when all of a sudden I noticed a mini-van was stuck pulling out from a side street, it's wheels were spinning and I was less than 40' away. I could see the faces of the four people in the van and knew that if I did not go off the road I would hit them. I gently veered to the right missing the van, I went between a telephone pole and a stop sign hitting a snow bank that put my Nissan Murano airborne for about 6 to 8 feet. I landed in a liquor store parking lot that was covered with at least 2" of ice and snow and was heading for the front of the building. I remembered what I had learned from the Mid Ohio school, they kept saying 'when in doubt... both feet out', and I did not put my feet on either the gas or the brake pedals. I slowly veered to the left of the building aiming for a large dumpster. At the last minute ... I put my car in a controlled skid and slid about 35' sideways into a 'drive up telephone booth' with two barrier poles and a telephone pole behind it. Fortunately the snow from the having the parking lot cleared cushioned the impact. I was amazed that I avoided the real dangers and did very little damage to my car (less than $1,500.00) ... not bad for a 40mph accident. The people in the van... they went on their way never stopping back to see if I was OK. I am convinced that it was the tips I learned and the impromptu training that I received during my daughter's Teen Defensive Driving School that she attended at Mid Ohio."
--Ric Clark, Ohio parent
"If you visit The Mid-Ohio School, you will recognize the valuable contribution it makes to highway safety. If you love a young driver, urge him or her to attend Mid-Ohio or a similar professional driver training. You may save their life."
--Chagrin Falls, Ohio parent
"My son and I had a great time. Max learned a lot and I had a hoot. My wife was tickled that I have a 'Teen Driving Certificate'."
-- Nashville, Tenn. parent
"The cost of the driving program is definitely worth the peace of mind. Driver’s training doesn’t teach you how to drive, it teaches you just enough to pass the driver’s test. The Mid-Ohio School’s course helped him (Rob) get out a dangerous situation on the roadway."
--Brunswick, Ohio parent
"My son, Ian, attended the class yesterday. He had a wonderful experience and learned a lot. He has not had much road time and the class was just what he needed to increase his confidence. The instructors were great. They were helpful and spoke to the kids on their terms."
--Columbus, Ohio parent
"My daughter Elizabeth recently completed the Honda Teen Driving Program at Mid-Ohio and I cannot be more pleased with the results. Her driving confidence has dramatically improved, as have her skills."
--Cleveland Heights, Ohio parent
"My daughter participated in your teen defensive driving program yesterday. I thought the instructors did a terrific job! Those guys are doing important work."
--Dayton, Ohio parent
"David Roush and Tommy Byrne were our instructors and they were just great. David is a great speaker and managed to keep the kids attention while he talked to them about the very serious responsibilities of driving. I know that he made a strong impression on them. Tommy was very patient and had a great sense of humor. My daughter can be pretty shy and both instructors went out of their way to make her feel comfortable and involved with the program. It was very easy to see a big positive change in her driving by the time the day was over."
--Chuck Ketterhagen, Madison, WI