Toyota launches free defensive driving clinic

April 11, 2013 12:00 AM

Cutting down on car crashes is one of the main goals of any automaker, which is why Toyota is taking some extra steps to help young drivers better handle the roads. A new program called Toyota Driving Expectations will use a variety of resources to educate teens about safe driving. 

The program will teach young people defensive driving practices, accident avoidance, the dangers of distracted driving and other helpful tips, reports. Teens who learn this basic knowledge early can lay the foundation for building positive habits, and they can also gain some confidence to maneuver the roads with ease and accurately judge vehicle maintenance on the fly. 

"Safer drivers lead to safer roads, so Toyota is committed to helping educate and empower teens and parents around smart driving choices," said Michael Rouse, the automaker's vice president of community affairs. "Through our safe driving programs, partnerships and online resources, we hope more young drivers will absorb the sobering lessons of distracted driving and learn key skills to keep themselves safe behind the wheel." 

Teens who participate in the free program have the opportunity to learn through driving courses, classroom instruction and more. While it is based in Torrance, Calif., young drivers outside of the area can still get in on the action, as Toyota will be bringing the lessons to high schools across the country. 

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