In an ongoing effort to combat the ever-growing issue of distracted driving, The UPS Foundation has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) on UPS Road Code, a national program to teach safe driving techniques to teens. UPS Road Code is largely based on the same safety training used by UPS’s own drivers, who are known for their safe driving techniques. In fact, UPS’s 102,000 drivers worldwide log more than three billion miles per year with less than one accident per million miles driven. Taught by more than 150 UPS employees trained as volunteer instructors, UPS Road Code provides teens with four sessions of classroom-based instruction, as well as time ”behind the wheel” of a virtual driving simulator.
The program focuses on different safety principles each week, from basic instruction to the consequences of risky behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting or drinking while driving. Throughout the program, teens have a chance to practice what they’ve learned on the driving simulators, which feature a computer screen that serves as a windshield to the program’s interactive animation, a steering wheel and life-like gas and brake pedals.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix is proud to have been selected to receive a grant this year to implement UPS Road Code, bringing this critical life-saving initiative to teenagers at our Club and in our community. The program is currently offered to teen members at the Robson Branch.