The Luther Automotive Group

Free RL Toyota teen clinic tackles distracted driving

rl-teen-driver-safety1-webA dozen Toyota representatives and dealer staff volunteers converged at Rudy Luther’s Toyota and Scion for a popular teen driver safety clinic using a tool that was introduced at the auto show.

The hot topic was distracted driving, and a simulator was employed to make some points.  “It was the responsibility of being in a vehicle, all of your focus has to be on what you’re doing,” said General Manager Mark Beithon.

Others can watch as distracted drivers react to various scenarios, and Beithon said it was easy to be critical of others, until he tried it himself.  “Not too many people make it more than 20 seconds.”

The clinic included two Sunday classes with 45 people each, and had  young people with and without drivers licenses.  The GM said the program promoted understanding between parents and their teens and stressed positive reinforcement.  Some faces were new and others were customers or employees.
The simulator was coupled with an hour of classroom training, scavenger hunt and an effort to identify parts on show floor vehicles.  Teens received certificates at the end.

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