ATLANTA – As part of its ongoing local community support, Manheim Pennsylvania Auto Auction hosted its first-ever Lions Club’s Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.) defensive driving courses on April 28 and 29. Activities for teens and their parents were held at the auto auction’s location from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Over 160 local teens and their parents attended the event.
The program targeted teen drivers ages 15-19, helping them understand how to control their vehicles in common but potentially hazardous situations. During the training, participants learned defensive driving skills with controlled exercises, which included an accident avoidance course, a distraction course, a drop wheel/off road recovery course, a panic stop course and a wet skid pad course.
“Tragically, our community recently experienced losses due to teen driving accidents, including three children of our own customers,” said Tim Van Dam, VP and general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania. “When we heard about this program, we jumped in. If it saves one life, it will be worth every financial and facility resource we contribute.”
“This weekend’s inaugural Manheim Lions Club B.R.A.K.E.S. event at Manheim Pennsylvania was a huge success in every conceivable metric,” said Clayton Stitzel, a member of the Lions Club who had the idea of bringing the event to the auction. “The parents were blown away; the kids were inspired and enlightened, and the community is beaming with pride. We really feel the path for a new and better way to teach our kids safe driving skills has been blazed.”
Manheim Pennsylvania will host the next local B.R.A.K.E.S. program on Nov. 3 and 4.
For more information about B.R.A.K.E.S. or to register your teen for a course, please visit http://www.putonthebrakes.com/
About Manheim (www.manheim.com)
Manheim is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 113 worldwide wholesale operating locations and digital services, Manheim influences every stage of a used vehicle’s life cycle, helping commercial sellers and automobile dealers maximize the full value of their vehicles. Drawing from its auction transaction volume, Manheim Consulting publishes the annual Used Car Market Report, the definitive source of data for the used car industry. Manheim Consulting offers a wide range of services including custom analytics, business optimization and macro economic analysis.
Manheim is the online vehicle remarketing leader, connecting buyers and sellers to the world’s largest, most comprehensive wholesale marketplace through its extensive in-lane and digital offerings. Manheim.com receives nearly 900,000 visits each week.
Additionally, Manheim offers services including reconditioning, certification, inspections, dealer financing, title management and marshaling, among others. Through its wide array of services and technologies, industry publications, customer support and educational offerings, Manheim gives its customers maximum control over how they buy and sell vehicles, helping them to conduct business in the most efficient way possible. Worldwide, the company handles nearly 8 million used vehicles annually, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.