Teen driver training to be held at Lima Senior

LIMA — Free hands-on training will be available locally this summer for teen drivers in Ohio to practice crash avoidance techniques and gain the experience necessary to become safer drivers.

The Ohio Traffic Safety Office is partnering with three Advanced Driver Training programs to increase access to these specially designed classes that address the leading causes of teen crashes. Newly licensed drivers or teens with a valid temporary permit can participate. A local session will be held August 7-8 at Lima Senior High School, 1 Spartan Way.

Advanced Driver Training programs allow students to practice skid recovery, anti-lock braking system (ABS) exercises and other skills with a licensed instructor on a closed course. OTSO recently produced a video and launched a new web page dedicated to Advanced Driver Training to better inform parents about these programs.

This announcement comes during National Youth Traffic Safety Month, which coincides with the beginning of the “100 deadliest days” – the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day that historically accounts for more than a third of all fatal crashes.

In 2023, there were 102 fatal youth-related crashes in Ohio during the “100 deadliest days” – about one fatality each day.

Young drivers in Ohio under the age of 24 are involved in 31% of all crashes, but only make up about 13% of licensed drivers.

To register for the training, visit https://tinyurl.com/yc8fhu6y.