July 11, 2011

Owens Community College to Host Free ‘Key to Safe Teen Driving’ Program, July 20-21

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area teenagers ages 15 and older, with a valid driver’s license or driving permit, interested in enhancing their knowledge about safe driving are invited to attend a free Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program titled “Key to Safe Teen Driving” at Owens Community College, Wednesday-Thursday, July 20-21.

Presented by AAA Northwest Ohio, KeyBank, The Mid-Ohio School, Kumho Tires and Owens Community College, the free two-day “Key to Safe Teen Driving” class will occur from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Center for Emergency Preparedness’ emergency vehicle operations and driving course on the Toledo-area Campus. The Center for Emergency Preparedness’ emergency vehicle operations and driving course is located on Tracy Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with AAA Northwest Ohio, KeyBank, The Mid-Ohio School and Kumho Tires and provide this unique community outreach opportunity for area residents to expand their knowledge about safe driving,” said Michael Cornell, Owens Director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness.

The free “Key to Safe Teen Driving” class will offer four separate sessions each day for area residents. The sessions will occur from 8-11 a.m., 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 12:15-3:15 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. and include a classroom session and hands-on drills involving wet-braking, skid control and emergency lane change. The wet-braking and emergency lane change drills will be conducted using each participant’s street-legal automobile. Attendees are asked to remove all items from their vehicle’s trunk and any loose items in the passenger compartment, as well as check tire pressure and fluid levels prior to the program.

Program instruction will include the physics and dynamics of driving, defensive driving and responsible behavior, wet-braking, emergency lane changes and collision-avoidance, slalom and weight-transfer maneuvers, and adverse weather conditions, among many other topics. Experiential learning will take place in each participant’s own vehicle as well as in the program’s Honda Civic Skid Car. Vehicle maintenance and a tire changing demonstration will also occur during the program. The class will be taught by professional driving instructors from The Mid-Ohio School, which has offered performance driving and defensive driving programs for adults and teenagers since 1993.

Additionally, AAA Northwest Ohio will be hosting free vehicle inspections July 20-21 at Owens in conjunction with the “Key to Safe Teen Driving” class. Area residents will have the opportunity to have their vehicle inspected by AAA Car Care Plus ASE-certified technicians from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Center for Emergency Preparedness’ emergency vehicle operations and driving course.

The “Key to Safe Teen Driving” class was established in 2009 by KeyBank with the overall goal of improving the driving skills of teen drivers and raising awareness about the need for better training of young drivers. This year’s program features 14 events in 11 communities throughout Ohio and Indiana.

In addition to holding a valid driver’s license or driving permit, participants must show proof insurance and have use of a vehicle for the event. For more information or to register, call (877) 793-8667 or access the website www.keytosafeteendriving.com.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.