Kumho goes on tour to teach teens safety

June 19, 2012

Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. today kicked off the Key to Safe Teen Driving program with partners KeyBank and The Mid-Ohio School at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. The tour is taking place in 14 cities across Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and New York.

Conrad's Tire Express & Total Car Care, a 32-store Northeast Ohio retail chain, was the retail tire partner at the Massillon event. Other tour retail partners include the Tire Rack, Discount Tire, Tire Discounters, Dunn Tire, Bauer Built and U.S. Auto Force.

Participants brought their own vehicles and had their tire pressure checked by Conrad’s technician Rob Philbrick. Philbrick explained to each teen how to check tire pressure for proper inflation.

The open-air classroom session included a talk from Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper William Lee, who told the teens about driving dangers including distracted driving, following too close and not wearing a seat belt.

Next, the teens got behind the wheel to experience real-world driving techniques including wet braking, emergency lane changing and skidding. The experience is designed to improve teen driving skills, as well as to raise awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers.

“Auto accidents are the leading cause of death among 15-21-year-old kids,” said Dan Davis, PR manager at KeyBank. “We need to do a better job of teaching kids to drive. Every parent and teen driver should come and learn about hazards such as distracted driving and speeding, and also learn safe driving techniques.”

The Key to Safe Teen Driving video may be viewed at www.YouTube.com/keytosafeteendriving.