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Teen Driving Program Offered

Friday, November 5, 2021 - Purchasing car insurance can get expensive for those who have new teenage drivers. The Boys and Girls Club of Sequoyah County may be able to assist your family in lowering that cost through a new program, The UPS Road Code Challenge, offered for teens ages 13-18.

Crystal Beller, Program Director with the Boys and Girls Club, said the UPS Road Code Challenge program is completely free of charge and will be held at the Sallisaw Boys and Girls Club location. There are currently two classes scheduled at this time, November 22 and December 20, but spaces are limited for each class. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. and a free lunch will be provided for all attendees, Beller added.

According to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, "Since 2009, The UPS Foundation has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to deliver UPS Road Code, a program based on the same safety training UPS uses for its very own drivers. The program focuses on different safety principles, from basic instruction to the consequences of risky behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting and drinking while driving."

"Throughout the training, we utilize virtual simulators that challenge the youth's knowledge in regards to safe driving through an assortment of environments that new drivers will soon encounter," Beller said. "The simulators are fully interactive, complete with voice commands and animation."

Upon completion of the course, your teen will receive a Certificate of Completion, which you will then be able to take to Shelter, Farm Bureau, or Liberty Mutual Insurance companies to receive a discount on your auto insurance rates, Beller said.

"I just want to note that classes are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis," Beller stated.

If you would like more information regarding the UPS Road Code Challenge program or would like to enroll your teen in one of the upcoming classes, please feel free to contact Crystal at 918-775-4659.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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