Westfield Insurance Offers Free Driving Program at the Mid-Ohio School


Westfield Insurance Offers Free Driving Program for 150 Teens at The Mid-Ohio School

Lexington, Ohio - October 31, 2013 - The Mid-Ohio School and Westfield Insurance are combining again to offer a free defensive driving program for up to 150 teens. This year's event , the program's sixth, is scheduled for Saturday, November 2.

On the heels of National Teen Driving Safety Week (October 20-26), these young drivers will head to the Mid-Ohio School - in Lexington, Ohio - for a shortened version of the popular Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program. The Road Safe Teens Program comes at no cost to its participants, who are invited by Westfield Insurance and include customers, their teens and other guests of agents and staff.

Each teen will start the session in the classroom, learning about the physics and science behind driving where they'll interact with the instructors and fellow students. From there, the remainder of the day is spent in the Vehicle Dynamics Center, running through three drills that focus on skills needed to navigate real life driving hazards. Each session breaks out into smaller groups that rotate through wet braking, emergency lane change and the skid car. Throughout the session, The Mid-Ohio School 's instructors provide instant feedback and coach the teens to success in each drill.

"The Road Safe Teens Program is a crucial way we give back to our community and customers by helping them protect the newest drivers in their household," said Ed Largent, Westfield Insurance Leader. "It's about preparing teens for a lifetime of safe driving. The Mid-Ohio School has some of the best instructors in the nation and its defensive driving courses undoubtedly save lives."

The day begins at 9 a.m. with the first of three sessions. Westfield Insurance has partnered with The Mid-Ohio School since 2007 as its Official Insurance Company and hosted the Road Safe Teems Program from 2008.

Participation in the Road Safe Teens Program may make teens eligible for a 10% insurance discount; parents are encouraged to check with their insurance agents. The Mid-Ohio School's 2013 schedule, powered by Westfield Insurance is available online at midohioschool.com The 2014 schedule at The Mid-Ohio School will be released in the coming weeks. For more information or questions, call 877-793-TMOS (8667).

About Westfield Insurance

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About The Mid-Ohio School
The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school's 16 automobile courses include Defensive Driving, High Performance and Racing programs. The motorcycle side features two Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world's top racers. The school is a member of the AAA Approved School Network and the most recent recipient of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Partner for Safety Award. In 20 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School has 51,400 graduates, including 15,800 teenagers and 10,500 motorcycle riders.
For information contact:
Gary Christy   (330) 887.6640  garychristy@westfieldgrp.com
Terri Grimm    (330) 887.6055  terrigrimm@westfieldgrp.com


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