Nationwide Insurance and NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne push safe driving message to Cincinnati students
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June 10, 2010
Gayle Saunders 614.203.4772
Becky Cox 614.745.4169
Cincinnati, OH — Today, Nationwide Insurance teamed up with NASCAR Nationwide Series star Trevor Bayne and Petty Safe Driving to help Cincinnati high school students understand the dangers of driving while distracted and the need for them to be safe drivers.
Today’s 2.5-hour program helped students at Woodward Career Technical High School explore ways to be focused on safe driving. Students learned skills in a classroom setting and then went out into the school’s parking lot to practice what they learned.
"Whether it's on the racetrack or the road the stakes are high if I don't focus," said Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 99 Out! Pet Care Toyota. "That's why I'm talking with students today to help them understand the importance of safe driving."
The real driving experience was set up to test the students’ skills, practice-driving responses in dangerous situations and put them in situations with a hazard that needed to be maneuvered around. Modules included straight line braking and crash avoidance.
Nationwide Insurance brought the NASCAR driver to the school so they could highlight that safe driving is important to everyone, even professional drivers.
Nationwide and the National Safety Council developed www.NationwideSmartRide.com, a Website to provide parents and teens free tools and resources to help develop safe drivers and reinforce smart behavior. This defensive driving training site available free to anyone regardless of whether they are a Nationwide customer.
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