DUBLIN, OH (September 24, 2009)— For a second year, The Mid-Ohio School will be involved with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dublin’s Teen Driving Roadeo on Sunday, September 27. Almost 150 teens are registered for the third annual event and close to half of them will get to take a spin in The Mid-Ohio School’s Honda Civic Skid Car as part of an afternoon full of driving activities.
The skid car is a Honda Civic externally mounted on a hydraulic set of wheels that can be adjusted to simulate driving in inclement weather conditions. As the car skids and spins, the student learns how to remain calm and gain control of the car, an especially practical skill in the tempestuous Ohio winter.
The Mid-Ohio School’s General Manager and Lead Instructor Dave Roush will be riding with the teens in the Honda Civic Skid Car and give tips and advice on properly maintaining control of a spinning car.
Steve Bidlack, director of The Mid-Ohio School, explains the importance of safe teen driving, “We bring the Honda Civic Skid Car to many community events throughout the year to help promote teen driver awareness. This vehicle simulates real world driving situations and its better to learn car control and vehicle dynamics in a safe environment than out on the roadways. We commend the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dublin for taking a proactive stance in educating inexperienced teenage drivers.”
The teens attending the free event and will go through a gamut of safe driving drills and exercises, including maneuverability driving skill courses and vehicle maintenance. The day is designed to give local teens the necessary skills to be safe on the road. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of American teenagers and teens, accounting for over one-third of all deaths for those aged 15- 19.
“This is a fun event to address a serious issue,” said Kiwanis President Bob Donegan. “Because we know that teen crash rates decline with an increase in behind-the-wheel experience, we have partnered with local experts to give these students hands-on experience through learning stations specifically designed for teens.”
The Teen Driving Roadeo takes place at the Grounds of Ashland, Inc. at 5200 Blazer Parkway in Dublin, OH from noon – 6 p.m. More information about the Roadeo can be found online at www.teendrivingroadeo.com.
The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school’s 15 automobile courses include Defensive Driving, High Performance and Racing. The motorcycle side features five Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world’s top racers. In 16 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School has 31,500 graduates, including 10,500 teenagers. For more information, visit www.midohioschool.com.