Indy 500 veteran, Stephan Gregoire and business partner, Ted Woerner, have created a new teen driving school called Miles Ahead to address the high number of collisions, injuries and fatalities involving teenage drivers.
To assist the project, Mini will supply 12 Mini Coopers for the instruction of licensed teen drivers, which takes place at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Teens tend to be more engaged in learning when there’s an element of excitement,” said Gregoire. “The combination of fun-to-drive Minis, racing instructors, maximizing time behind the wheel, and a course at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway should help us connect with the students and make a real difference in reducing their chance of being involved in collisions on public roads.”
• Currently, the chance of one crash in the first three years of driving is 89.2%
• The chance of two crashes in the first three years is 52.5 %
• A 16 year-old is 20-times more likely to be killed in a crash than an adult
• Teens are 400% more likely to die in a car crash than 25-34 year-old drivers
• 63% of teenage passenger deaths occur in vehicles driven by another teenager
• 113 teenage drivers are involved in fatal crashes each week in the US
• Nearly 1000 teens are treated in an emergency room for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle crash every day
Each class will be approximately 4.5 hours, providing licensed teens with specialized instruction to improve their decision-making behind the wheel. This includes things like distracted/impaired driving, skid control, emergency ABS application and hazard avoidance.
The first classes will be held on November 5-6, 2011, with up to 50 class days per year beginning in 2012.
Individual classes will be priced at $389, and Miles Ahead will offer group rates to companies that want to extend the course to their employees’ or customers’ children.
For more information or to register for Miles Ahead, go to www.bemilesahead.net