Bridgestone teaches driver safety to teens

April 29, 2015

Bridgestone Americas Inc.’s free teen driver safety program will visit 11 cities across the U.S. from May to October 2015. The “Teens Drive Smart” experience provides hands-on training aimed at eliminating distracted driving behaviors and improving practical driving skills.

Designed to teach teens potentially life-saving skills, the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart program is a free workshop that pairs classroom instruction with hands-on driving exercises. The half-day session is uniquely designed to equip teens with accident avoidance skills and help eliminate distracted driving behaviors.

"Car crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths, and inexperience is the chief cause of crashes involving teenagers. We must do more to bring awareness to this reality," says Rachel Withers, communications leader for Bridgestone Americas.  "Bridgestone created the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience to give young drivers one-on-one time with professional driving instructors who can teach them how to handle the challenges of the road and help them feel more confident behind the wheel."

Registration is now open for the program's first event, which will be May 16 and May 17 at the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. To register, parents and teens should visit

The Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is led by driving instructors, many with motorsports, stunt driving and test track experience. They understand critical vehicle dynamics and put the students through practice maneuvers that can be replicated in real-life scenarios. The instructors demonstrate life-saving driving maneuvers, share tips to improve reaction time and provide constructive feedback – all in a fun, engaging and supervised environment.

The curriculum for teenagers is designed to:

* define and identify distracted driving behaviors;

* identify the dangerous situations caused by distracted driving;

* develop a base understanding of driving principles;

* understand reaction times in emergency braking situations and controlling your vehicle on slippery surfaces; and

* practice accident avoidance.

The tour will travel to the following cities in 2015:

Salt Lake City: May 16 – 17;

Dallas: June 6 – 7;

St. Louis: June 20 – 21;

Kansas City: June 27 – 28;

Boston: July 18 – 19;

Minneapolis: Aug. 8 – 9;

Chicago: Aug. 22 – 23;

Nashville: Aug. 29 – 30;

Charlotte: Sept. 12 – 13;

Denver: Sept. 26 – 27; and

Atlanta: Oct. 17 – 18.

Participating teenagers must be between the ages of 15-21 and have a valid driver's license or learner's permit. Attendees with at least 30 hours of driving experience gain the most benefit from the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience. The event is free to attend, but advanced registration is required. Visit to register or learn more.