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Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience Launches 2013 National Tour



 Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience Launches 2013 National Tour

Free hands-on training session will teach new drivers skills to avoid
accidents and eliminate distracted driving behaviors in 12 U.S. cities

PR Newswire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 1, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Young drivers across the
country will have a chance to learn potentially life-saving driving skills
through the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience. The free program
pairs classroom instruction with hands-on driving exercises to teach drivers
how to better handle accident avoidance and the importance of eliminating
distracted driving behaviors. The half-day workshop will travel to 12 cities,
hosting its first stop at the Home Depot Center outside of Los Angeles April
13 and 14.  

"Distractions on the road present challenges for all drivers, yet new drivers
often suffer greater consequences due to their inexperience," said Angela
Patterson, Bridgestone's teen driver safety coordinator. "The Bridgestone
Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience offers a closed, supervised environment
to learn how to respond to distractions and make smart decisions behind the
wheel."

Bridgestone's Teens Drive Smart program sessions are led by highly-trained
instructors, many with motorsports, stunt driving and test track experience.
They understand critical vehicle dynamics and put the students through
practice maneuvers that can be replicated on the open road to avoid crashes. 
The instructors show these life-saving driving concepts, share tips to improve
reaction time and provide constructive feedback – all in a fun, supervised
environment.

The program's curriculum for teenagers is designed to:

  o Define and identify distracted driving behaviors
  o Identify the dangerous situations caused by distracted driving
  o Develop a base understanding of driving principles
  o Show the importance of keeping your eyes on the road
  o Understand reaction times in emergency braking situations and controlling
    your vehicle on slippery surfaces
  o Accident avoidance and vehicle dynamics

Parents are invited to watch and hear what their children are being taught,
and can also learn:

  o An awareness of their own behind-the-wheel behavior and how it impacts
    their teens' driving patterns
  o How to model proper driving habits
  o The importance of clarifying and enforcing the rules of responsible
    driving with teens

The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience will travel to the
following cities this year: Los Angeles, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.;
Oklahoma City, Okla. Boston, Mass.; Baltimore, Md.; Detroit, Mich.; Chicago,
Ill.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Ga; Memphis, Tenn. and
Nashville, Tenn.

Participating teenagers must be between the ages of 15-21 and have a valid
driver's license or learner's permit. Attendees with at least 30 hours of
driving experience gain the most benefit from the Bridgestone Teens Drive
Smart Driving Experience. The event is free to attend, but advanced
registration is required. Visit www.teensdrivesmarttour.com to register.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S.
subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber
company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide
range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs
of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial
vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural,
forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading
operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing
materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies
also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service
centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated
to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it
calls home.

SOURCE Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Website: http://www.teensdrivesmarttour.com
Contact: Kristin Robinson, +1-615-780-3319
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