Mitsubishi Motors Dealers Present Teen Driving Safety Program
Mitsubishi Motors has been increasing its safety features and improving its ratings over the last few years. Just over the summer, their latest vehicle, the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Continuing to increase their pledge to safety, the automaker has a couple of dealers in the states that want to do more. Specifically, in Nashville, Tennessee, Mitsubishi Motors auto dealers are starting to offer a free driver training program for teens and parents. They’re calling it a National Teen Defensive Driving Program.
Although this is happening all the way in Nashville and away from South Florida, it’s still something talk about it and a good idea that could quickly make waves across the U.S. With car-crashes being the number-one cause of death among teens in the states, it should. Two Mitsubishi Motors auto dealers are teaming up to bring the free advanced driver training program to The Fairgrounds Nashville on November 9 and 10, 2019. What better way to spread awareness than at the Fairgrounds? Plus, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization known for conducting similar training programs nationwide each year will be at the front of the class – the Mitsubishi Road Safety Rally.
The program itself is open to teens aged 15-19 years who have a valid driver’s license or at least a learner’s permit plus a minimum of 30 hours driving experience. Regardless, each teen needs to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. In addition, parents and/or legal guardians will also be encouraged to be active participants during the training programs. Best avoid pedestrian training activities with all that teenage angst.
Drivers will follow a fair curriculum for the training program, consisting of Distracted Driving Awareness, Panic Braking, Crash Avoidance, Dropped-wheel/Off-road Recovery, and Car Control/Skid Recovery. Each session lasts four hours and parents and teens will be able to choose one that will fit in with their weekend schedule. Before hitting the road, each session will also include 30 minutes of classroom time. A little over three hours are spent behind the wheel of the new 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Eclipse Cross models with professional instructors – current and former members of law enforcement, professional racers, and stunt drivers.
This program goes well beyond the basic Driver’s Ed that covers the basic knowledge required to earn a license and prepare a teen for the road ahead. Going beyond that, the Mitsubishi Road Safety Rally also teaches teens and their parents how to deal with common on-road emergencies. These will include situations that cause the majority of crashes and fatalities in America today.
If it isn’t obvious by now, this is just one more part of Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc.’s new corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, the “Small Batch – Big Impact” campaign. A few weeks ago, the campaign gave two U.S. Army Veterans a chance to race in the 2019 Rebelle Rally, an all-women’s off-road rally, with a modified 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross equipped with hand-controls, and then donated it to the community, redefining the term “CUV” to mean “Community Utility Vehicle.” Isn’t that nice?
For those in the Nashville areas, the program is free of charge but requires a $99 refundable deposit to reserve a spot. There are only 24 spaces available per session. You can register at MitsubishiRoadSafetyRally.com. And for those of you looking to test out the safe and affordable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, come to University Mitsubishi today.