For Immediate Release, Drive Safer and PADD® to hold "Defensive Driving Bootcamp" for Teens at Met Life Stadium
Defensive Driving “Boot Camp” For Teens Coming To
MetLife Stadium Aug. 24th
Drive Safer Hopes to Battle the Deadliest Month of the Year for
Drivers through Behind-the-Wheel Car Control Courses
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Aug. 7, 2014, – Did you know the period from Memorial Day to
Labor Day has been dubbed the “100 deadliest days” due to motor vehicle crashes…or that
August is the deadliest month?
According to the National Safety Council, from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2012, nearly
1,000 people were killed in the United States in automobile crashes, and more than 550 of those
killed were teens.
So what’s a concerned parent to do to keep their teen safe when they get behind the wheel?
Drive Safer, a New Jersey company devoted to improving safety among young drivers, has set
out to conquer teen deaths due to driving, and specifically, driver inexperience. Hosting car
control and defensive driving “boot camps” throughout the region, Drive Safer puts teens behind
the wheel with certified high performance driving experts as instructors. With help from local
communities throughout New Jersey, and by leveraging the power of social media and word of
mouth, Drive Safer hopes to train as many teens as possible.
On August 24th, Drive Safer will host their Boot Camp at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,
N.J. As a state-approved defensive driving course, participants will earn discounts off their car
insurance for three years (percentages vary with the insurer) and can expunge two points from
their record. “Understanding the rules of the road is critical, but so is safely and properly controlling your
vehicle. These skills can only be learned through experience,” says Mike Kellenyi, a Drive Safer
instructor and founder of People Against Distracted Driving (PADD). “Our goal is to give
young drivers the experience they need to avoid becoming another tragic statistic.”
Kellenyi has a vested interest. In 2012, his 18-year-old daughter Nikki was killed when the
Dodge Neon in which she was a backseat passenger was struck by another vehicle that had run
two stop signs.
Drive Safer’s six-hour course is comprised of classroom instruction and hands-on driving
experience. The behind-the-wheel instruction covers essential car control skills, panic braking,
hazard avoidance, safe following distances, and skid control/recovery, among other skills. The
classroom portion includes everything from statistics and the danger of distracted driving, to
vehicle control and using peripheral vision.
“The answer to saving the lives of young drivers from car vehicle crashes is to help them gain
experience. We put them in simulated dangerous conditions and help them learn and practice
what to do when things don’t go as planned,” says Jason Friedman, Drive Safer’s CEO.
“Unfortunately, teens usually get this type of experience through on-the-job training, when
they’re on their own and find themselves in a bad spot. Once they finish panicking, if there’s
time left to react, they have to guess at what to do. That’s insane!”
The Drive Safer course begins at 9 a.m. on August 24. The course is open to any licensed or
permit driver, and a parent or guardian must attend if the student is under 18. Parents are
welcome to participate in the classroom instruction and are encouraged to attend the course as
well. The fee is $279. To learn more and register, visit http://www.drivesafer.com or call (201)
About Drive Safer
Drive Safer provides the premier car control and defensive driving courses in the US, preparing
students to control their vehicles in the face of real-world distractions and dangers that take
thousands of lives annually. Drive Safer’s certified high performance driving instructors provide hands-on training ensuring that students know how to handle and avoid hazardous behind the
wheel situations. Drive Safer also partners with high schools to provide in-classroom workshops
and presentations and has a fundraising program donating a percentage of registration fees back
to partner schools.
For more information on Drive Safer, including courses, dates, locations and fundraising
programs, please visit www.drivesafer.com.
PADD® was founded in 2012 after Mike Kellenyi lost his 18 year old daughter two months
before her high school senior prom. The Kellenyi's wanted to raise awareness, educate and
strenghten both educational laws and criminal laws for distracted driving. One year after her
death NJ's Governor Christie signed "Nikki's Law," which enacts the NJ department of
Transportion to us variable message signs and signs to educate NJ motorists of the dangers of
distracted driving. PADD® is working with the Governors from other states to make this a
national law. PADD® is now the only nationally registered 501(c)3 distracted driving (DD)
charity in the nation and has chapters in NJ, North Carolina and Texas with plans to cover all 50
states in the future. PADD® has 24 hr support for victims and their families, is implementing a
teen PADD student ambassodor program in high schools across the nation, offers scholarships to
schools and various teen programs such as 4H, travels locally and across the country educating
high school and college students along with donating DOT aprrove "Don't Drive Distracted" and
"Stay Alive, Don't Text and Drive" signs, additionally, PADD® message is carried across the
country on the back of dozens of tractor trailers and in the ARCA racing series on the Venturini
Motorsports 4 race teams along with thier fleet of tractor trailers and donating signs to each track
ARCA visit's, The Venturini's, ARCA and PADD® work together at schools across the country
bringing ARCA safety personell and Justin Boston (Venturini's driver and 2013 rookie of the
year)to help spread PADD's message, partnered with New Jersey Motorsports Park to capture the
attention of race fans across the world and has brought the 40,000 members of Iracing (virtual
motorsports) into a new market of advertising, raising awareness in internet gaming and
simulation. PADD® is teamed with The Brain Injury Alliance of NJ working with the Champion of Schools project and now works with Hockey and wrestling spreading DD awareness. Learn
more at www.padd.org