Serving the Children of the World

Teen Driving Roadeo

Statistics show that new drivers, aged fifteen to nineteen, are far more likely to be involved in automobile accidents than adult drivers. The Kiwanis Club of Macon began a project aimed at improving these disturbing numbers. That project is dubbed the annual Teen Driving Roadeo.

Member Joe Fox transferred to our club in 2008 and brought the idea with him from his former club in Dublin, Ohio. He sold the idea to the club Board of Directors and chaired the first Roadeo in March, 2010. We were amazed and extremely delighted at the results.

Planning for the one-day event is a yearlong activity. The Roadeo committee must coordinate activities of members of the Macon/Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Macon/Bibb Fire Department, area hospitals, life flight helicopter services, and many other agencies, all of whom gladly provide trainers and lecturers for the event.

Participation is limited to 140 kids aged fifteen or sixteen who have learner’s permits or driver’s licenses. The lucky kids who are admitted receive demonstrations and training in

  • Rescue and transport of accident victims
  • Skid recovery
  • Tight-course maneuvering
  • Texting while driving dangers
  • Parallel parking
  • Basic automobile maintenance
  • Effects of alcohol impairment
  • Dangers of texting while driving
  • Rollover accident dangers
  • Tractor-trailer dangers

and many more driving safety skills.

To learn more about the Teen Driving Roadeo, click here or contact a club member.