Two New Resources To Educate PA Students About Distracted Driving
This weekend, Toyota will be sponsoring an event at Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem to teach local high school students about the dangers of distracted driving.
The nationwide Toyota Expectations Program has reached nearly 20,000 students and parents since it was developed in 2004. The two and a half-hour “On The Road” course combines classroom discussion with driving time and gives students a firsthand look at how to identify and respond to dangerous driving situations and demonstrates the relationship between distraction and reaction time. Students also learn how to properly utilize the vehicle’s safety features.
Parents are also required to participate so they can learn how to become a strong role model for your drivers. Toyota’s “On The Road” Program was one of the first distracted driving programs to understand the importance of and include parental participation in their program.
Registration is required for this free Real-World Teen Driving Safety Program. The classes will take place from 8:00am-3:00pm on October 13th and 14th. And will offer teens free defensive driving skills and crash avoidance techniques, such as best practices for focusing on the road. Students and parents can register by going to http://www.toyotadrivingexpectations.com/.
For students and parents who cannot make the event in Bensalem, The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently added End Distracted Driving as a training resource on the Pennsylvania Training for Health and Safety Website. (PATHS)
EndDD was founded by Joel Feldman in 2009 following the death of his 21-year-old daughter, Casey, who was killed by a distracted driver. The organization, funded by the Casey Feldman Foundation, launched its first Distracted Driving Student Awareness Initiative last April, and has reached more than 7,000 local students through engaging classroom presentations. EndDD’s presentation has been seen by nearly 40,000 students across the country.