Sponsored by The Chrysler Foundation and supported by Mopar, the ‘Mopar Road Ready’ defensive driving program geared towards teen drivers is set to launch in 2015. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 with a learner’s or driver’s license and at least 30 hours of driving experience are eligible for the program, which will provide them with six free defensive driving sessions.
Mopar will work with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Motorsports Museum and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe), two 501(C)(3) non-profit organizations that share similar missions of promoting the importance of safe and responsible driving. The Mopar Road Ready program is designed to teach safe and defensive driving techniques, and the advanced driving program provides insight and instruction on a closed course in a controlled environment.
Participants in the program benefit from a proven curriculum and high caliber instructors provided by the B.R.A.K.E.S. organization, with a 3:1 student to instructor ratio. Each session includes a brief classroom review of basic driving topics such as proper seat positioning, hand positioning, and basic vehicle dynamics. Next comes advanced behind the wheel training, including five on-track courses such as accident avoidance (slalom), distraction, panic stop, wheel drop, and wet skid pad. Every teen who participates in the program will also get a companion experience for a parent or guardian who will also actively take part in the training. The B.R.A.K.E.S program has already helped 13,000 teenagers learn safe driving techniques since 2008, and through this collaborative effort the Mopar Road Ready program hopes to add an additional 1,000 young drivers and their parents. Sessions are currently planned in Pomona, California (February 21-22), Gainesville, Florida (March 21-22), and Detroit, Michigan (May 2-5). Registration tickets for the free sessions will be available in early January 2015 through Mopar.com and select Mopar dealers (participating dealers will be announced in December 2014).