Did you know that the 100 most dangerous days for teenage drivers are between Memorial Day and Labor Day? During the summer months, there’s a 15% increase in teenage deaths compared to the rest of the year.
Factors such as intoxication and texting can delay your teens reaction time. In an effort to educate teens about safe driving, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is opening their test track to a select group of high school students to demonstrate the consequences associated with distracted driving.
This special event is part of The Safe Mobility Project which is a collaboration between Akron Children’s Hospital and the Goodyear Foundation. The project enables the hospital and community partner organizations to expand child safety programs focusing on child passenger seats, bike helmets, and teen drivers.
During the test track event, participants will circle the track once without distraction, and then experience it again while sending a text message. They’ll also have the opportunity to experience how it feels to drive impaired using fatal vision goggles. Local police and EMS will also be sharing their tips for young drivers.
The event takes place on Tues., May 28, at 4 p.m. at Goodyear’s Technical Center and Test Track. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Parents are to fill out a consent form in order for their teen to participate. Completed consent forms along with a request to participate can be emailed to Nicole Higgins: NHiggins@akronchildrens.org.
To learn about driving laws, risks and to take our Teen Driving Pledge, visit the Goodyear Safe Mobility Project page.