Auto Racers Talk Driver Safety To Teens At Auto Club Teen Driver Safety Fair

(LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2009) –- The Automobile Club of Southern California will host another of its popular regional AAA Teen Driver Safety Resource Fairs from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. The fair will feature a teen driver “car fit” to ensure that new drivers are “correctly fitted” to a vehicle for driving safety and road visibility.

The fair, which is free, will be held at Toyota Speedway, 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale, 91706. The event is focused on helping families learn about community organizations that provide information and education for young drivers and parents.

The first 300 visitors will receive free tickets to the 7 p.m. Auto Club Member Night including the NASCAR Auto Club Late Model series race. NASCAR Late Model racers Cassie Gannis and Tim Huddleston of High Point Racing will be speaking on teen driver safety during the fair.

The teen driver “car fit” will review safety-belt, foot pedals, mirrors and seat-height adjustments by Auto Club Driving School instructors to ensure young drivers fit properly into a vehicle before they drive. The event also will feature a rock climbing wall that demonstrates a drop similar to a 20 mph car crash and a teen driver crashed vehicle display.

“Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of deaths for teens,” said the Auto Club’s Community Programs and Traffic Safety Team Lead Anita Lorz. “To reduce these tragedies, the Auto Club is hosting traffic safety fairs to share the most up-to-date information with families to prepare their teen driver for the road.”

The Auto Club Driving School and community groups will offer information on teen-driver topics, including a presentation on California’s Graduated Driver Licensing law. Dispatch Magazine, California Depts. of Insurance, Consumer Affairs and Motor Vehicles, the Irwindale Police Dept., LAPD, Safe Moves, UCI Medical Center Trauma Services and Victims Against Street Racing are participating in the resource fair.

The event also features non-alcoholic beverages, music, contests and giveaways like gas cards and sporting event tickets. Those attending will receive Driver-ZED, an interactive CD that helps teens become safer drivers. For Auto Club Driving School enrollment information, costs and registration, call 1-877-428-2277 and press 5.

Another Auto Club regional teen driver fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in Costa Mesa, at the Auto Club’s Administrative Offices, 3333 Fairview Road.