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The Mid-Ohio School and KeyBank Offer Free 'Key to Safe Driving at Hilliard Davidson High School

7/17/2009
KeyBank and The Mid-Ohio School, with support from Kumho Tires, will be at Hilliard Davidson High School on July 30 for the KeyBank “Key to Safe Teen Driving,” a free program for teens who have a temporary learner’s permit or a driver’s license.

The event will offer a condensed version of The Mid-Ohio School’s popular Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program. Up to 100 students will receive classroom instruction and the chance to practice wet braking and emergency lane change maneuvers in their own vehicles under the watchful eyes of The Mid-Ohio School’s expert instructors. The highlight of the day for students will be driving the Honda Skid Car, which simulates driving in adverse conditions. Students will also get hands-on experience about the dangers of “distracted driving,” such as driving while texting or talking on a cell phone.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the economic impact of auto accidents involving 15-20 year old drivers is over $40 billion.

“The average 16-year-old soccer player has had nearly 1,500 hours of coaching, while the average 16-year-old driver has had only about 50 hours of driver training,” said Robert Lane, president of KeyBank’s Central Ohio District. “Key is partnering with The Mid-Ohio School to give teen drivers additional driving skills they aren’t taught in regular driver training programs. Our goal is to help make the roads safer for drivers of all ages.”

“We are proud to partner with KeyBank and Kumho Tires to bring the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program literally to the backyard of these young drivers from Central Ohio,” said Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of TrueSports, Inc., owner and operator of The Mid-Ohio School.  “The skills taught in the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program act as preventive medicine for the inexperienced driver.  It is gratifying to have KeyBank join us in taking a pro-active stance on The Mid-Ohio School’s mission of teaching young drivers these life-saving skills.”

The free program on July 30 will be held in the Hilliard Davidson High School parking lot adjacent to Avery Rd. Participants will be divided into four groups, with check-in for the first 25 students starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Kumho Tires transporter. Each group will take approximately three hours to complete the program. Participants will receive lunch, refreshments, a goodie bag and the opportunity to win a gift certificate to the Mid-Ohio School and other prizes.

Participants must register in advance online at www.midohioschool.com (click on “enroll now” at the top of the page). The KeyBank Program can be found under the list of Defensive Driving Programs. Parents are welcome to attend and can call 877-793-8667 with any questions. 

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, visitwww.midohioschool.com.

Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $98 billion. BusinessWeek Magazine named Key the top bank in its Customer Service Champ 2009 edition, ranking Key 11th out of the top-25 companies that include many known for their customer service acumen. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/.

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