Since 2009, The UPS Foundation has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to deliver UPS Road Code, a program based in large part on the same safety training used with UPS's own drivers. Approximately 125 UPS employees trained as volunteer instructors teach UPS Road Code's safe driving techniques to help teens "Drive Change." The program focuses on different safety principles, from basic instruction to the consequences of risky behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting or drinking while driving. The program's driving simulators test teens' safe driving knowledge using a computer screen featuring interactive animation, a steering wheel, and life-like gas and brake pedals. UPS Road Code is available free of charge across the country. To find out if UPS Road Code is available at a local Boys & Girls Club in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more by watching the UPS Road Code video below!
The Need for a Teen Safe Driving Program
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three teenage deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About eight young people die every day in motor vehicle crashes, and 195,000 teen drivers are injured in crashes annually.
In contrast, did you know UPS drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads? UPS's 102,000 drivers worldwide log more than 3 billion miles per year. More than 8,700 UPS drivers have qualified for the company's elite Circle of Honor, which recognizes drivers who have had no avoidable accidents in 25 years.