Auburn Hills, Mich.,- March, 11, 2016- Teen drivers learned firsthand the dangers of distracted driving this past weekend at the first statewide robotics show held at Waterford Mott High School, in Waterford, Michigan. AAA provided simulation cars where the students could get behind the wheel and experience what happens when they become distracted from activities like a cell phone call or text message.
This was part of the McLaren Oakland’s community outreach program in partnership with Genisys Credit Union and the hospital’s trauma team to make teen drivers aware of the consequences of distracted driving. "With our commitment to making a difference, sponsoring the simulators was important as they provide a safe and fun opportunity for students to learn the hazards of being distracted while driving," stated Jackie Buchanan, President/CEO of Genisys Credit Union.
A recent study conducted by AAA showed 58% of crashes involving teenagers involved some form of distraction. Distractions can include grooming, eating/drinking, watching a video, as well as cell phones and passengers. Teenagers don't have much experience on the road and they make up the largest population involved in fatal crashes caused by distracted driving. These simulators incorporate all of these distractions into the module in order to make it as real life as possible
"That is why this opportunity was so important to us," said Courtney Berry, trauma program manager for McLaren Oakland. "We wanted to reach out to this at-risk population to bring awareness to the issue and have them pledge that they would not endanger themselves and others while driving or riding in a vehicle," she added. Over 150 students participated in the distracted driving module and signed the pledges as well.
A special thanks to AAA for providing the simulation modules free of charge and Genisys Credit Union for helping to sponsor this important educational program.