Auto Club Hosts Teen Driver Safety Fair In Irwindale

(LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2008) The Automobile Club of Southern California will host another one of its popular AAA Teen Driver Safety Resource Fairs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 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 first 300 visitors to the resource and educational fair for novice drivers and their parents will receive free tickets to that night's Auto Club of Southern California Member Night event at 7 p.m., which includes the NASCAR Auto Club Late Model series race.

The fair, which is free, will be held at the Speedway, 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale 91706. The event is focused on helping teens and parents to learn about 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 that teen drivers are fit properly into a vehicle before they drive.

The Auto Club Driving School and local community groups will offer information on teen-driver topics, including a presentation on California’s Graduated Driver Licensing law, which has been updated and enhanced since it went into law 10 years ago. Auto Club Driver Services, the California Highway Patrol, the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the Irwindale Police Dept., MADD Los Angeles, and Safe Moves are participating in the event. The event also will feature a rock wall that demonstrates a drop similar to the impact of a 20 mph car crash.

“Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of deaths for teens,” said the Auto Club’s Driver Services Manager Kathy Downing. “To help reduce these tragic occurrences, the Auto Club is hosting a series of traffic safety resource fairs for teen-age drivers and their parents around the Southland.”

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.