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KeyBank, Kumho Tire USA and The Mid-Ohio School Expand Free Key to Safe Teen Driving Program

CLEVELAND, OHIO (May 10, 2012) – KeyBank, Kumho Tire U.S.A. and The Mid-Ohio School are expanding a free program designed to improve teen driving skills and raise awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers.

The program - called Key to Safe Teen Driving - is now in its fourth year and will include 24 events in 14 cities: Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; Ann Arbor, MI; Indianapolis and South Bend, IN; Rochester and Buffalo, NY; and Eau Claire and Appleton, WI. The program coincides with the summer months, when teen driving accidents traditionally increase.

Key to Safe Teen Driving uses professional instructors from The Mid-Ohio School and is designed to improve teen driving skills. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-to-20-year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Key to Safe Teen Driving offers participants a condensed version of The Mid-Ohio School’s Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program. Up to 120 students at each event will receive classroom instruction and practice in wet braking and emergency lane change maneuvers under the guidance of Mid-Ohio instructors. Students will also drive the Honda Civic Skid Car, which simulates driving in slick conditions.

“Our mission at KeyBank is to help clients and communities thrive,” said Tom Tulodzieski, president of KeyBank’s Great Lakes Region. “This program helps teens thrive by teaching them driving skills that aren’t taught in regular driver training programs. And while this program will touch more than 2,000 student drivers this summer, its impact can be much greater by raising awareness among teens about the importance of driving responsibly and by raising awareness among parents about the importance of proper training for young drivers.”

“Kumho is pleased to team up with KeyBank and The Mid-Ohio School again this year to take the Key to Safe Teen Driving program to teens when they need it most,” said Rick Brennan, vice president of marketing for Kumho Tire USA. “With graduation parties, road trips with friends and more in the works for so many young drivers, our hope is that participants learn some new driving skills that may someday save their lives while out on the road.”

“Keeping our children safe on the road has been a priority of The Mid-Ohio School for many years. Having partners like KeyBank and Kumho Tire that align themselves with that priority is crucial to the program’s success,” said Craig Rust, president of The Mid-Ohio School. “We’re pleased they turned to us to operate the Key to Safe Teen Driving program for the last few years and are excited about the expanded schedule in 2012.”

The 2012 Key to Safe Teen Driving tour will feature new events in Ann Arbor and Rochester. The schedule includes:
Canton, OH
  • June 19 - Jackson High School
Akron, OH
  • June 20 - Stow-Munroe Falls High School
Cleveland, OH
  • June 21 & 22 - KeyBank offices at Tiedeman & I-480
Toledo, OH
  • June 26 & 27 - Owens Community College
Ann Arbor, MI
  • June 28 & 29 - Skyline High School
Indianapolis, IN
  • July 9 & 10 - Indiana State Fairgrounds
South Bend, IN
  • July 12 & 13 - University of Notre Dame, Joyce Center
Dayton, OH
  • July 18 - Springboro High School
Cincinnati, OH
  • July 19 - Loveland High School
Columbus, OH
  • July 26 & 27 - Dublin Scioto High School
Rochester, NY
  • July 30 & 31 - Monroe Community College
Buffalo, NY
  • August 2 & 3 - Erie Community College South Campus
Eau Claire, WI
  • August 6 & 7 - Just added, location TBD
Appleton, WI
  • August 9 & 10 - Fox Valley Technical College

Registration for all events is open at www.keytosafeteendriving.com. Parents can also call 877-793-TMOS (8667) for more information.

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KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $89 billion. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small businesses in 14 states under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

Founded in 1960, Kumho Tire has more than 50 years of history steeped in innovation in management, technical development and environmental awareness that has positioned the Company as one of the world's top 10 tire manufacturers. Distributed in 160 countries, Kumho is dedicated to providing a top quality driving experience to consumers throughout the world. Headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Kumho Tire U.S.A. is the U.S. sales, marketing, product development and distribution arm of Kumho Tire Co. Inc. For more information on Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. and its products, please visit www.KumhoTireUSA.com. Follow Kumho on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KumhoTire and on Twitter @KumhoTireUSA.

The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. In 19 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School has 46,000 graduates, including 14,500 teenagers. For more information, visit www.midohioschool.com.
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