Longtime BGCD partner UPS is leading the charge to combat this ever-growing problem of motor vehicle deaths in teens. The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs to create UPS Road Code, a national program that teaches safe driving techniques to teens. Today, the highly successful program is available in 2 BGCD Clubs.
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. Taught by 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 have 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.