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Teens Learn Street Survival through Advanced Driver's Training Course for Teens

Lutheran Health Network and BF Goodrich Align with the Fort Wayne Region Sports Car Club of America to Offer Program

FORT WAYNE, IND. (Nov. 1, 2007) — Caregivers at Lutheran Health Network know how important it is for teens to practice safe driving habits. To promote safety on the road, LHN is sponsoring an opportunity for young adults to refine their driving skills through a national program called Tire Rack Street Survival®. The course will take place Sunday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at BF Goodrich, 18906 U.S. Highway 24 East, Woodburn. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

The purpose of Tire Rack Street Survival® is to improve driver competency, safety and effectiveness by teaching the basics of car control. Students receive classroom instruction that includes videos from BF Goodrich, Lutheran Health Network and the American College of Surgeons. Students observe an air bag detonation demonstration, practice their driving skills in dry and wet conditions and learn how to identify the different fluids that may leak from a vehicle.

Students maneuver their cars through acceleration, turning and braking exercises while accompanied by an experienced driving instructor who guides them through the course. Students repeat each exercise several times to learn from mistakes and to improve their skills. The course, which is laid out with orange traffic cones, is conducted in a closed parking lot.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group," said Vickie Meyer, trauma program manager at Lutheran Hospital. "We want to help reduce this number. We're proud to be aligned with this quality program that helps young drivers develop the skills and confidence they need to handle potentially-dangerous situations."

The program, organized by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation and the Sports Car Club of America, intentionally requires students to use their own vehicles so they learn the limitations of the vehicle to which they are most accustomed.

Licensed or permitted drivers age 16 or older may participate if they meet state legal requirements and have held a permit for at least half the required period by the state. Parents are encouraged to attend with their teenager.

Young adults between the ages 16 and 21 may register for the course. Training is $60 per student, payable by Visa or MasterCard when registering online at www.streetsurvival.org. Space is limited.

The Tire Rack Street Survival® program is also sponsored by BF Goodrich Tires, Fort Wayne, AAA and the Sports Car Club of America.


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