By Andreas Butler
For Hometown News
One local car dealership isn't just about selling cars, at least for four times out the year.
Gary Yeoman's Ford Lincoln in Daytona Beach is holding a Teen Driving Safety Class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
The event, co-sponsored by Port Orange law firm Rue Ziffra & Caldwell, will be in the parking lot of the dealership at 1450 North Tomoka Farms Road in Daytona International Auto Mall.
The classes are broken down into four sessions geared towards driving safety.
Former Formula One race car driver Tommy Byrne is the teacher of the course. Byrne created and designed the Diablo Drifter race car and racing style. He also has taught up and coming drivers and amateurs how to race. In addition, he has taught police and teenagers driving safety.
The classes are for drivers ages 15-19 and they are free. To take part in the course, participants must register online and possess a valid driver's license.
"It's a very cool course. It's a good program for kids and it teaches them how to control the car in certain situations like rain, snow, and ice. This course also gives them the tools to be safe," said Cathy Calderoni of Gary Yeoman's Ford Lincoln.
The dealership has been doing the courses for the past two years and has had some success. They hold the classes every quarter.
"We have already done about three or four of these driving schools. These kids come in with a smile on their face and leave with a smile on their face as they learn different situations and obstacles when it comes to driving," Ms. Calderoni said.
The organizers of the event also hope the students learn an appreciation for driving.
"We want them to leave these classes with a new respect for driving. We also want them to leave knowing how to be safe on the road," Ms. Calderoni said.
Teaching young drivers road safety is very important with the dangers on the road, which can be fatal.
"There are a lot of dangers on the road. We must teach them safety now at this young age. How to be safe on the road, how to react in a dangerous situation and how to keep control of their vehicle," Ms. Calderoni said.
For more information or to register, visit garyyeomansford.com.