Safe Driving Skills: High School Students Learn Behind the Wheel at Free Event

Driving SchoolImage by Excelsure Marketing
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Chester County Highway Safety Project, Delaware County Transportation Management Association, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and TMA Bucks Community Traffic Safety hosted the 3rd Annual Southeastern Pennsylvania Teen Safe Driving ROADeo.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 24-year-olds. Key contributing factors in crashes involving teen drivers in Pennsylvania include driver distractions, driving too fast for conditions, improper or careless turning, and driver inexperience. The ROADeo promoted positive driving behaviors behind the wheel and on the road.
“With state and local police in attendance, the event instilled in teens that driving is a serious task requiring all your attention,” said Chester County Highway Safety Project Director Lori McCloskey. “This program is designed to enhance awareness of the risk for novice drivers and provide tools that support safe driving behaviors.”
According to PennDOT data, in the Philadelphia region there were 3,868 crashes in 2022 involving a 16- to 19-year-old driver, resulting in 24 fatalities and 118 suspected serious injuries.
“We showed the teens what to do while driving and what not to do as a passenger,” said Carly Mannon, who manages the Bucks County Community Traffic Safety Program. “Our goal is to save teen lives,” added Montgomery County Community Traffic Safety Program Manager Elizabeth Raum.
The free event, held at the Montgomery Township Community and Recreation Center in Montgomery County, gave teens more experience behind the wheel using educational and interactive demonstrations.
“We had eight stations that provided everything from safety tips to driving simulations, along with stations that demonstrated how to become a defensive driver, what to do during traffic stops, as well as heavy truck blind spots,” said Delaware County Transportation Management Association Project Director Alyson Strigle.
Stations also covered the use of jumper cables, how to check oil and fluids, and how to change a tire.
The Teen Safe Driving ROADeo, open to all high school students in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, began in 2019. Participation has climbed from 35 students to nearly 100 this year.
For more information on teen driver safety, visit

For the latest news on everything happening in Chester County and the surrounding area, be sure to follow MyChesCo on Google News.