(FONTANA, Aug. 19, 2008) -- The Automobile Club of Southern California will host a regional AAA Teen Driver Safety Resource Fair from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Auto Club Speedway at Fontana. Leading off a series of community and fan events prior to the Pepsi 500 Sprint Cup weekend of races, the fair will feature a teen driver "car fit" to ensure that new drivers are "correctly fitted" to a vehicle for safety and road visibility. At the fair, teens may also try "fatal vision" goggles that simulate alcohol impairment while attempting to walk a straight line for a law enforcement officer.
The fair will be held in the West Hospitality area of the Auto Club Speedway, located at 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana, 92335. The Stater Bros. RaceFest will follow the fair, where teens will have a chance to meet their favorite NASCAR drivers until 9 p.m.
Free to the general public, the safety fair will focus on helping teens and parents to learn about teen driver laws, including the new cell phone laws, the state's enhanced Graduated Driver License law and DUI laws that affect all drivers in addition to showcasing community organizations that provide information and education for young drivers and parents.
The teen driver "car fit" will review seat-belt, foot pedals, mirrors and seat-height adjustments by Auto Club Driving School instructors to ensure teens fit properly in a vehicle before they drive.
"At the beginning of each race season, I get custom-fitted in my race car to ensure the highest levels of safety and efficiency," said David Ragan, driver of the AAA No. 6 Ford Fusion. "It makes a lot of sense to have teens 'safety-fitted' to their cars, too. It will help them better concentrate on driving the car and face the other risks on the road. I look forward to seeing a lot of them at RaceFest."
The Auto Club Driving School and local community groups will offer information on teen-driver topics. Auto Club Driver Services, the California Highway Patrol, the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the California Highway Patrol and Safe Moves are participating. The event also will feature a rock climbing wall that demonstrates a drop similar to impact of a 20 mph car crash.
Auto Club Teen Driving School enrollment information will be available at the fair. Participants also will receive a copy of DriverZed, an interactive CD that helps teens become safer drivers. The event also will offer non-alcoholic beverages, music, contests, and giveaways like gas cards, and sporting event tickets. For information about the Auto Club Driving School, costs and class registration, call 1-877-428-2277.