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Get Road Ready

Mopar® puts teens in the driver seat

May 7, 2015

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Teen driver Megan Moore, 16, talks about her Mopar Road Ready Driving Program experience with Mopar President and CEO Pietro Gorlier, left, and Doug Herbert, founder of B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) at Mopar’s Headquarter in Centerline, MI.

The Mopar® brand cares about all drivers from the most seasoned to the least experienced.

That is why the brand and the FCA Foundation teamed up with the NHRA Motorsports Museum to provide a free defensive driving program designed to teach teens safe and defensive driving techniques at specific locations across the U.S.

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    More than 400 people, including teens and parents, participated in four ‘Mopar Road Ready’ sessions, May 2-3 at Mopar World Headquarters in Center Line, Michigan.

  • The Mopar Road Ready Program

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    Teenage driver experience advanced behind-the-wheel defensive driving techniques at the sold-out Metro Detroit “Mopar Road Ready” session.

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    “Mopar Road Ready” sessions provide a brief classroom review, for teenage drivers and parents, of core driving topics including proper seat positioning, hand positioning and basic vehicle dynamics.

Mopar Road Ready trains and educates teenage drivers between the ages of 15-19 with a learner’s or driver’s license and at least 30 hours of driving experience. The program was developed in collaboration with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Motorsports Museum and BRAKES (be responsible and keep everyone safe), two nationally recognized nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting safe and responsible driving.

Participants are immersed in a proven curriculum taught by high-caliber instructors from the BRAKES organization. A 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio allows for quality time with each teen. Participation in the training program includes a companion experience for a parent or adult guardian, who also actively takes part.

Mopar Road Ready sessions provide a brief classroom review of core driving topics, including proper seat positioning, hand positioning and basic vehicle dynamics.

Next, advanced behind-the-wheel training takes teens through a variety of on-track courses to hone their skills in the following scenarios:

  1. Accident Avoidance/Slalom Exercise: The accident avoidance and slalom course is a two part course that forces students to make a split second reaction to negotiate a quick, evasive lane change without losing control. This part of the course is designed to simulate an animal or object jumping out in front of a car. The second part of the course is a coned slalom course where students must negotiate their vehicle around cones while focusing on weight transfer, hand positioning, and eye scanning.
  2. Drop Wheel/Off Road Recovery Exercise: The drop wheel recovery course teaches students how to effectively recover from a drop wheel situation by regaining control of the car and safely returning to the roadway. Drop wheel accidents are among the highest causes of injuries and deaths in the state of North Carolina.
  3. Distraction Exercise: The distraction course forces a driver to negotiate a tightly coned course while being distracted by the instructor. The course is designed to demonstrate just how dangerous cell phones, text messaging, music, traffic, and friends in the car can be.
  4. Panic Stop Exercise: The panic stop course is designed to teach students the proper technique to stop a vehicle in the shortest distance while maintaining control. Students experience first-hand the effects of an A.B.S. (Anti-Lock Braking System) and its ability to keep the wheels from locking while modulating brake pressure.
  5. Car Control and Recovery Exercise: We use a wet skid pad course designed to prepare students how drive in bad weather situations and not to lose grip (control). The students are taught how to properly recover from both over-steer (rear wheel) and under-steer (front wheel) skids.

So far in 2015, more than 700 drivers, both teens and parents, have been educated and trained through the Mopar Road Ready program at the Mopar World Headquarters in Center Line, Mich., in Pomona, Calif., and in Gainesville, Fla.

For more information and for information on future classes visit “Mopar Road Ready” at http://blog.mopar.com/news/2014/11/mopar-putting-on-the-b-r-a-k-e-s/