Mitsubishi Motors started a new campaign, “Small Batch – Big Impact”, to give back to the community and their consumers with a limited run of Mitsubishi models. Like the title says, the limited run is the small batch, but Mitsubishi hopes to make a big impact, and their campaign has been spreading across the U.S. in many beneficial ways. Recently, Mitsubishi got involved with the community this year during the 2019 Rebelle Rally, the first all-women’s off-road rally, active in the lower 48 states of the United States. Two veterans were given the chance to race with a minimally modified 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross equipped with hand-controls, and then the vehicle was donated as a new kind of “CUV” – “Community Utility Vehicle”. The “Small Batch – Big Impact” continues to expand, this time in Nashville, Tennessee with a free advanced driver training program to teach teens and parents how to handle on-the-road auto emergencies.
It’s a scary experience being on the road during an auto accident. Whether its loss of control, distraction, or another driver, things can go from bad to worse in no time. With car crashes being the number-one cause of death among teens in the United States, two Nashville-area Mitsubishi Motors auto dealers decided to take driving safety into their own hands. It goes without saying that Mitsubishi Motors is fully backing them up. They’re even appointing their own nationally recognized nonprofit organization – Mitsubishi Road Safety Rally – to conduct the program.
Open to teens aged 15-19, drivers will require a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit and at least 30 hours of experience driving on the road. Nevertheless, all teens must also be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents and legal guardians may also be active participants during the training program, so that should be interesting. Although the program is free, registrants need to put down a $99 refundable deposit to save a spot. Each session with only have 24 spaces open.
The free driving program will be held at The Fairgrounds Nashville on November 9 and 10, 2019. Consisting of four individual four-hour sessions, parents and teens can pick one that fits their schedule. Each session begins with a 30-minute classroom lecture followed by a little more than three hours behind the wheel of new 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Eclipse Cross models. All drivers will be accompanied by an individual from group of professional instructors made up current and former members of law enforcement, professional racers, and stunt drivers.
Going beyond simple Driver’s Education, although a great way to prepare people for driving and covers the basic knowledge required to earn a license, the Mitsubishi Road Safety Rally goes above and beyond, teaching teens and their parents how to deal with common on-road emergencies. The curriculum that makes up the driving program are Distracted Driving Awareness, Panic Braking, Crash Avoidance, Dropped-wheel/Off-road Recovery, and Car Control/Skid Recovery. Each of these are great examples of on-the-road incidents that being prepared for can make the difference between safety and a fatality on American roads.
With any luck, this program could spread to other states. We could sure use it in South Florida with all these crazed Miami drivers. Be sure to stop by the Miami Lakes Automall and test out the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for a safer drive on the roads.