NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 29, 2003) — A professional racer and the Sam Schmidt Motorsports racing team have lent their support to a teen driving program also sponsored by Bridgestone/Firestone.
The free program, dubbed “Driver's Edge,” aims to teach teenagers various safe-driving techniques, including evasive lane changes, anti-lock and panic braking maneuvers and skid control. Students also learn about vehicle dynamics and load transfer, BFS said. Organizers expect about 7,000 young adults to participate this year in the 12-city tour.
“Assisting in the development of safe and knowledgeable drivers is vital as we strive to decrease the number of teen accidents and fatalities on our nation's roads,” Mr. Schmidt said.
BFS said that although the value of the program is $450 per person, there is no cost for young driver to participate due to the support of corporations and groups that include BFS, AAA, Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Red Bull.
The program, founded by former professional race car driver Jeff Payne, kicked off in February in Phoenix and traveled to Los Angeles, Dallas, Nashville and New York. Upcoming cities include Washington, D.C., Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Oklahoma City, San Francisco, San Bernardino, Calif., and Salt Lake City.