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 |  Sep 14 2010, 1:58 PM

As part of their commitment to help reduced teen driving fatalities, Toyota is offering  a free advanced teen driving skills program called “Toyota Driving Expectations.”

To be held at Bass Pro Shops in October, a Toyota Driving Expectations event will be held in the following cities:

  • Foxborough, Mass., October 2 – 3
  • Clarksville, Ind., October 9 – 10
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., October 16 – 17

The program has been running since 2004 and has involved more than 14,000 teens and parents participants who have been empowered to become safer drivers and have been educated about the dangers of distracted driving.

Because motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers (35% of teen fatalities), Toyota Driving Expectations aims to go beyond standard driver education classes. These classes challenge the teens in real-world scenarios, carried out in a secure environment.  A parent or guardian must attend the Toyota Driving Expectations program with the teen, so safe driving habits can be improved upon at home.

Just a few of the lessons included in the curriculum are defensive driving skills and accident avoidance techniques, being able to identify daily dangerous driving situations and being able to understand vehicle dynamics and safety features. Teens will also get to experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving and understand the relationship between distraction and reaction time. While driving on different courses, teens are under the supervision of professional drivers.

Toyota is dedicated to supporting both teens and parents in developing safe, responsible driving habits and protecting them on the road,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota’s vice president of philanthropy and community affairs.  “In particular, by simulating real-world hazards such as distracted driving, teens and parents will learn how to best handle these situations – invaluable experience that goes beyond basic driver education training.”