MBCA EF Teen Driving Program to be Held September 29 at StarFest® 2012

On behalf of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s Educational Foundation (MBCAEF) and the National Event Committee for StarFest® 2012, we are pleased to announce that a special teen driving class will be held at this year’s StarFest® in Phoenix, Arizona. The class is being offered to help teens and new drivers avoid the perils of early driving and help prevent the 4,000 to 5,000 teen deaths that occur in auto accidents each year in the U.S.

The class, which will be delivered as a one-day event on Saturday, September 29, is the official launch of MBCAEF’s “Safe Drivers, Safe Families” Program. The Program complements the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy which opened in Los Angeles in 2011 by Mercedes-Benz USA. Mercedes-Benz is the only automotive manufacturer to operate a state-certified driver education school in the United States.

Safe Drivers, Safe Families will teach students the consequences of driving while texting; the dangers of driving while talking on cell phones and critical driving techniques. The class will be led by MBCA’s Frank and Mary Alice Cozza who, since 1995, have successfully organized and helped teach defensive driving, autocross, time trials and acceleration runs to more than 4,500 MBCA members.  Their defensive driving expertise is considered second to none. Trained members of MBCAEF will also instruct students.


“For any parent or grandparent attending StarFest® 2012, this is an ideal time to bring your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) with you, to take part in this life-changing Program,” urges Dees.

The class will be held at the Firebird International Raceway in a closed-course setting. The student to instructor ratio will be 1 to 1 and is limited to the first 50 participants. Students will get behind the wheel with a qualified instructor and experience hands-on demonstrations that will teach the student how to negotiate difficult driving situations at various speeds, in various conditions.

Cost to participate in this unique Program is just $15.00. To reserve your space in line, please email Doug Dees at dees_frohlich@sympatico.ca or call 416.233.6599 by September 21. General information about the history and mission of MBCAEF can be found on our website at www.mbcaef.org.

Lauren Howe, Miss Teen Canada 2011, has joined the Educational Foundation as its national spokesperson. Ms. Howe is a second year engineering student and is a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast and safe driving advocate who will be participating in the Safe Drivers, Safe Families Program. Her safe driving tips will be a regular feature on the MBCAEF website.

For more information about StarFest® 2012 being held September 28-October 3, please contact John Hutchison at johnhutchison@cox.net or visit www.starfest2012.com