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May 03, 2016

‘Mopar Road Ready Powered by @Dodge’ Teen #SafeDriving Program Returns for 2016 Season

Mopar_and_BRAKES-Teen_Driving-Road_ready-A4720cc6f9laubv5bn20krl6qjvpas9 (1)The Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge teen safe-driving program is returning for the 2016 season with events scheduled over the weekend of May 14-15 in Detroit and the weekend of May 21-22 in Brandenton, Florida. The spring stops follow completely full sessions offered in 2015 by the complimentary advanced driver’s training program.

Sponsored by the FCA Foundation and supported by Mopar and Dodge, the Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program is dedicated to training and educating teenage drivers between the ages of 15-19 with a learner's or driver's license and at least 30 hours of driving experience.

Mopar_and_BRAKES-Teen_Driving-Road_ready-45ltim0sl286t9es5hsgev2ib0The defensive driving classes are geared to educate teenage drivers behind the wheel, and are free to registered teens and their parents or guardians. A $99 refundable registration deposit (plus processing fees) is required to secure a spot and is returned after the session.

“Parents have embraced the Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program and its mission to teach teen drivers valuable defensive driving skills,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “With the help of our friends at the NHRA Motorsports Museum and B.R.A.K.E.S., / we’re excited to bring another round of events to educate even more teens so they can safely learn valuable defensive-driving skills in a controlled environment.”

“The Dodge brand wants all drivers to experience that visceral feeling that makes them fall in love with driving, and that includes making sure they feel comfortable in all situations,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program gives new teen drivers additional opportunities to learn skills and gain valuable experience behind the wheel.”

Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge was developed in collaboration with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Motorsports Museum and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe), two nationally recognized non-profit 501(c)3 organizations that share similar missions of promoting the importance of safe and responsible driving.

Mopar_and_BRAKES-Teen_Driving-Road_ready-2c1qavclr9h9315oge6blmdpgusParticipants benefit from a proven curriculum and high-caliber instructors provided by the B.R.A.K.E.S. organization, with both classroom education and hands-on training with a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio. Each teen's participation in the training program includes a companion experience for a parent or adult guardian who also will actively take part.

Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge sessions will provide a brief classroom review of core driving topics, including proper seat positioning, hand positioning, and basic vehicle dynamics. Advanced behind-the-wheel training will then be provided to teens, with on-track course sessions including accident avoidance (slalom), distraction, panic stops, and wet skid pad events. Each session provides four hours of valuable instruction.

Mopar_and_BRAKES-Teen_Driving-Road_ready-BU015_115EVq8tvkndnj2hlvqd5p1ic3rojnmSlots are filling up fast for the upcoming Metro Detroit event, but parents can still register their teens for future sessions at www.mopar.com. Morning sessions run from 8 a.m. until noon, with an afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Once all eight available weekend sessions are fully registered, a wait list will be established for spots that open up due to cancellation and for parents interested in signing up their teens for any possible future visits to the program.

Give your teen the skills and experience he or she needs to be safe behind the wheel. Please bookmark the B.R.A.K.E.S. event page, and check regularly for updates. B.R.A.K.E.S. hosts teen driving schools all around the United States and adds new events regularly.

Mopar_and_BRAKES-Teen_Driving-Road_ready-BU015_117EVrgiiuf4qbtqmh3f6emu6re47mThe defensive driving program has provided free sessions for registered teenaged drivers and their parents or guardians in Pomona, California; Gainesville, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan, already this year. In addition to earlier visits in 2016 to Indiana and New Jersey and the upcoming Center Line event in Detroit on the weekend of May 14-15, the program will also make a stop in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of May 21-22. Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge, now in its second year, expects to have impacted more than 1,500 additional young drivers and their parents.

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