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Toyota Driving Expectations On The Road In Your High School At Your Local Dealership
 
TOYOTA DRIVING EXPECTATIONS
 
What is Toyota Driving Expectations?
Toyota Driving Expectations is a series of free-of-charge programs with a singular mission – to help save lives on the roadways. All programs are aimed at helping teens and their parents develop the safe driving habits that will best prepare them to handle the challenges existing on today’s roads. Toyota Driving Expectations also offers parents insight into some of the problems facing teen drivers and assists them in becoming a model of safe driving behavior for their loved ones. In 2004, Toyota established the hands-on driving program for teens and their families and since then has expanded community safety outreach by also connecting with teens in high schools, in Toyota dealerships and online.
Why has Toyota decided to continue offering this program nationally?
Safe driving is a priority for Toyota. As a major automotive company in America, Toyota is committed to helping the community and making an impact in an effort to reduce the rate of fatalities and accidents among young drivers. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for American teenagers, accounting for over 35% of teen fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Due to popular demand received from parents, teens, community leaders and city officials, Toyota is proud to continue offering these safe driving programs on an annual basis. Since 2004, Toyota Driving Expectations events have been held in cities across the country, and to date, nearly 30,000 parents and teens have benefited from these defensive driving experiences.
What is the difference between the TDE Road Tour, Dealer Clinic and High School Assemblies?
All programs introduce the basics of responsible driving behaviors, dangers of distracted driving and the importance of creating a mutual driving agreement between teens and parents to clarify expectations for any new driver. The TDE Road Tour is a hands-on driving experience where teens and parents practice defensive driving maneuvers in Toyota vehicles on a series of safe, protected drive courses. The TDE High School Assembly is an interactive, educational and motivational presentation conducted at selected high schools for teens during the school day. TDE Dealer Clinics are non-driving, in-store seminars targeted to pre and new drivers and their parents which includes vehicle dynamics and maintenance tips, coaching and communications for preparing for the road ahead.
How were these teen safety programs developed?
Toyota's overarching goal for Toyota Driving Expectations is to make a difference by saving lives — one teen at a time. Originally, the curriculum for Toyota Driving Expectations was developed in partnership with multiple organizations committed to safe driving, including the National Safety Council and the Defensive Driving Academy in California, as well as teen and parent feedback from multiple pilot programs.
What is the program cost?
All programs are complimentary, presented by Toyota.
I am interested in attending one of the safety programs, but don’t see one in my area. What can I do?
If you would like to be notified of future teen driving events, click here to complete the Contact Information Page. Continue to check this website for new information. In addition, teens and parents may visit www.toyotateendriver.com is a comprehensive website designed to help teens avoid distractions, and offers tools, resources and competitions for educators, teens and parents which is offered to all free of charge in partnership with Discovery Education.
The class that I'm interested in is full. What else can I do?
Registration is on a first come-first served basis. You may sign up for the wait list and the TDE team will contact you if spaces become available.
Is there anything else Toyota is doing to promote safe teen driving?
Teen research projects are currently underway across the nation through Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC), which is based in Michigan. Launched in January 2011, the CSRC's mission is to serve as a catalyst for the advancement of auto safety involving the vehicle, driver and traffic environment. http://www.toyota.com/csrc/research-browser.html
ON THE ROAD – DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE
 
What is the “Toyota Driving Expectations - On The Road” defensive driving course?
The TDE Road Tour is a free, hands-on, behind the wheel, defensive driving course for parents and teens that includes multiple driving courses and classroom instruction. Each program puts teens behind the wheel on multiple defensive driving courses under the guidance of professional drivers. TDE also offers parents insight into some of the problems facing teen drivers and assists them in becoming a model of safe driving behavior for their loved ones.
What do teens and parents learn?
The program's curriculum is designed for teens and parents alike to:
  • Learn defensive driving skills and crash avoidance techniques
  • Identify and respond to the dangerous driving situations that they face daily
  • Understand vehicle dynamics and safety features.
  • Experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving and understand the relationship between distraction and reaction time
    Teens learn:
    • Defensive driving skills
    • How to identify dangerous driving situations
    • What a car can and cannot do
    • How to navigate through a distracted driving course and various defensive maneuvers
    Parents learn:
    • Creative coaching tools to use with teens
    • How to clarify parameters of responsible driving
    • How to establish rules for the privilege of driving
How is the TDE Road Tour different than standard driving courses?
Most driving courses offer teens the opportunity to get behind the wheel and drive in everyday conditions. TDEs goes beyond what is taught in typical driver training classes by emphasizing safety through car control techniques, preparing teens for different challenging on-road scenarios.
Who teaches the teens driving lessons and ensures they are safe?
Teens learn from professional drivers who have spent years perfecting their craft on the racing circuit, competing on many different levels for various championship titles. The program’s instructors always stress safety first in every behind the wheel activity teens and/or parents engage in while onsite.
Can any teenager signup participate?
Participating teenagers must be between the ages of 15-19 and have a valid driver's license or learner's permit. It is recommended that teens attending the event have at least 30 hours of driving experience to gain the most from the program.
Why are parents asked to accompany their teens to the course?
A unique aspect of the course is that a parent or guardian must accompany each attending teen driver. Besides participating in the minimum mandatory driver training and education courses, teens tend to spend most of their time learning from their parents. However, parents rarely receive training on how to properly teach defensive driving and give constructive feedback to their children. During the Toyota Driving Expectations defensive driving course, parents and teens are split into separate groups for part of the day to learn about corresponding aspects of safe driving. The course concludes with teens and parents reuniting to develop a safe driving contract to be put into practice when the families return home.
Do participants have to drive their own cars during the program?
No, Toyota vehicles are provided for participants to drive during the program.
What vehicles will be used for the program?
This program uses a variety of Toyota and Scion vehicles. In the past Toyota Corolla, Camry, Matrix and Prius vehicles as well as Scion tC and Xb models have been used by teen and parent drivers.
IN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL – THE ROAD AHEAD ASSEMBLY
 
What is the Toyota Driving Expectations – In Your High School The Road Ahead Assembly?
Toyota is expanding its long-term commitments to reduce teen driving fatalities with the introduction of a new innovative driver safety program, “The Road Ahead” in high school campuses. This assembly benefits students in an effort to save lives and promote road safety. “The Road Ahead” is an expansion of Toyota’s complimentary, safe teen driving program, Toyota Driving Expectations, which began in 2004 and has benefited nearly 29,000 teens and their parents.
What does “The Road Ahead” Assembly cover?
NHRA Pro Stock Race Driver, Erica Enders, encourages teens to stay focused on achieving their personal goals and eliminating distractions while navigating THE ROAD AHEAD – safely. This interactive and motivational presentation engages students at every turn with dramatic video, live presentations and a hands-on driving simulator demonstration that shows how a person’s ability to drive a motor vehicle in a safe and appropriate manner is severely impacted by distractions. The program is designed to give teens the specific tools and resources to empower and educate them about road safety.
Who is Erica Enders?
Erica Enders, nationally recognized race car driver and subject of the original Disney movie “Right on Track,” joins Toyota in presenting this invaluable program and shares her inspiring story of realizing her dream. She is the first woman EVER to win a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock event and to qualify No.1 in the NHRA Pro Stock Field. On August 19th 2012, Erica continued to make Pro Stock history; she raced to her third victory of this season and second in a row. She is also a record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records. Erica understands first-hand the importance of safe driving as she reaches speeds of more than 200 miles per hour when racing on the closed NHRA Pro Stock.
Which high schools will host “The Road Ahead?”
This program will be offered at selected High Schools. Please contact the TDE Administrator for more information or check back for the 2013 schedule.
AT YOUR LOCAL DEALERSHIP – TEEN DRIVER SAFETY CLINIC
 
What are Toyota Driving Expectations’ In Dealership Teen Driver Safety Clinics?
The TDE Teen Driver Safety Clinics are non-driving safety events sponsored by Toyota dealerships and free-of-charge. The 2.5-hour interactive clinics are aimed at helping teen drivers and pre-drivers develop the safe driving habits that will best prepare them to handle existing challenges on today’s roads. Clinics also offer parents insight into some of the problems facing teen drivers and show them how to become a model of safe driving behavior for their loved ones.
Why has Toyota decided to offer this program?
Safe driving is a priority for Toyota. As a major automotive company in America, Toyota is committed to helping the community and making an impact in an effort to reduce the rate of fatalities and accidents among young drivers. Due to the success and popularity of the Toyota Driving Expectations Road Tour among participating parents, teens, community leaders and city officials, Toyota is proud to expand our commitment to safe teen driving by inviting dealerships across the country to share the program’s important information and lessons with their local communities.
What are the goals of the Teen Driver Safety Clinic?
Toyota's overarching goal is to make a difference by saving lives — one teen at a time. The interactive safety clinic covers topics such as:
  • Defensive driving "universal truths" and best practices
  • Understanding your vehicle’s performance dynamics
  • Dangerous driving distractions and how to avoid them
  • Car operations, safety features and basic maintenance fundamentals
  • Communication and coaching tips for parents and teens
  • Mutual driving agreements for pre-driver/new-driver teens and their parents
What do teens learn during the hands-on activities?
Teens participate in a static vehicle scavenger hunt competition during which teens and parents explore important features and maintenance tips around the car, including:
  • Recommended tire pressure
  • How to change a tire
  • Proper fluid levels
  • How to locate your gas tank
  • Proper seating position
  • Mirror and safety belt adjustments
  • T.D.E. Car Care Clinic covering fluid maintenance and battery and tire care
What other safety systems are addressed during the clinic?
Various situations that may involve additional safety systems are also discussed. These include, but are not limited to, Vehicle stability control, Traction control, Electronic brake-force distribution, Brake assist, Smart stop technology.
Can any teenager participate?
The clinic is designed for both pre-drivers and newly permitted or licensed drivers, typically between 14-18 years old. A permit or license is not required.
Why are parents asked to accompany teens to the program?
A unique aspect of the program is that at least one parent or guardian must accompany each attending teen driver. Besides participating in the minimum mandatory driver training and education courses, teens tend to spend most of their time learning from their parents. However, parents rarely receive training on how to properly teach defensive driving and give constructive feedback to their children. Also, at the conclusion of the TDE Driver Safety Clinic, families create a mutual driving agreement that will serve as a target as they navigate the road toward responsible, defensive driving.
What times are the Teen Driver Safety Clinics?
The Teen Driver Safety Clinics are held twice a day, usually beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Is this a sales event?
No. The Teen Driver Safety Clinics are community outreach programs that are free-of-charge and open to the public. There is no sales and/or marketing of Toyota vehicles at these events.
How can I sign up to attend a clinic?
Attendees pre-register online at www.toyotadrivingexpectations.com or by visiting their local dealership’s website. Registration is on a first come-first served basis. If you would like to be notified of future teen driving events, click here to complete the Contact Information Page. Continue to check this website or contact your dealer for new information.
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