Defensive Driving: Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program


Standard Course
 Honda Civic EX Coupe

"Double-Up" Days
Honda Civic EX Coupe

Participant lunch provided.

Call (419) 884-4000
 *Please note registration  available until noon the prior business day of course date.
2018 Schedule:
March: 17, 18, 24, 25D
April: 14, 15, 28, 29D
May: 12, 19D, 20, 26, 27D
June: 9, 10, 16, 17, 27
July: 11, 14, 15, 21D, 22
August: 4, 5D, 18D, 19
September: 1, 8, 9, 22D, 23, 30D*
October: 6, 7, 13, 14
November: 3, 4, 10, 11
(D) Double-Up Days
(-) Sold Out
* Limited availability
Providing driving techniques not found in a typical drivers' education classroom, the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program puts students behind the wheel to learn skills that will be used for a lifetime. Students practice collision recovery techniques, loss of control recovery skills, bad weather maneuvers through emergency lane change, wet braking, and skid car drills. Parents are highly encouraged to stay and watch the program while their teen participates. Registration begins at 9:00 am. Class begins at 9:30 am and ends at approximately 3:30 pm. The program takes place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 7721 Lexington-Steam Corners Rd, Lexington, OH.
  • Discussion of driving basics, defensive driving behavior and vehicle safety
  • Classroom session covering the physics and dynamics of good driving
  • Wet braking drill
  • Emergency lane change / collision avoidance drill
  • Skid car drill simulating weather conditions such as ice, snow and rain
  • Vehicle maintenance talk
  • Participant's lunch is included
Amount of Seat Time
Paddock Drills - 3 hours

This Course is Ideally Suited For:
  • Newly permitted or licensed teenage driver
  • A parent that would like to take the course with their new driver

"Double-Up Days" Option
On select dates, Double-Up Days will provide two teens (or teen & adult) the life saving skills provided in a traditional Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program for one price. Each participant will split the driving time in the car, but both will get to experience all of the classroom and defensive driving drills covered in the standard teen program format. Students will benefit from the "watch and learn" environment of a Double-Up Day.  Many parents sign up for the Double-Up Day so as to be able to participate and bond with their teen.

The Hard Facts on Teen Driving!
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 90,185 teenage drivers (ages 16-20) were involved in traffic accidents in 2005 alone, accounting for 15.1% of all traffic accidents that occurred on Ohio roads. In nearly 64% of those accidents, the teen driver was found to be at fault. Most frightening, teenage drivers were involved in nearly 13% of all fatal traffic accidents that year. The conclusion? A lack of experience puts young drivers at risk behind the wheel, which can end in tragic results.

The Solution!
The Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program prepares young motorists for real world situations by exposing them to potentially hazardous situations in a safe and controlled environment. Our philosophy is "it's better to teach good, safe driving habits now than break bad habits that could have severe consequences later."

AAA Approved Driving School
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has added The Mid-Ohio School and its Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program to its Approved Driving School Network. AAA, through the Ohio Auto Club committee, nominated and certified the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program to become just the third driving school of its type in the nation to meet the high standards of the AAA Approved Driving School Network.

"In October 2007 we enrolled my daughter in the Teen Defensive Driving Course at the Mid Ohio Race track. The instructors allow my wife and I to 'sit in' during the classroom training and we watched during the track training. I was really intrigued with the computer controlled 'skid car' and took quite a few pictures while the kids were developing their skills. The instructor saw me and asked if I would like to give it a try while the rest of the group was at lunch. When the car was programmed to behave like it was on black ice I performed miserably ... until the instructor showed me some tricks. Within three laps I was maintaining control and able to do complete laps without hitting a single cone. I was amazed how much I learned that day and how that training would ultimately save me from a potentially horrific accident."

"On Sunday December 21, 2008 I was driving to a service call on Telegraph Road in Monroe, Michigan. It was 7 degrees and the wind was blowing snow over the highway. Most of the main roads had ice and the side roads and parking lots were ice covered from the rain and then snow we had for the last few days. I was traveling about 40mph (on a 55mph road) and was experiencing whiteout conditions when all of a sudden I noticed a mini-van was stuck pulling out from a side street, it's wheels were spinning and I was less than 40' away. I could see the faces of the four people in the van and knew that if I did not go off the road I would hit them. I gently veered to the right missing the van, I went between a telephone pole and a stop sign hitting a snow bank that put my Nissan Murano airborne for about 6 to 8 feet. I landed in a liquor store parking lot that was covered with at least 2" of ice and snow and was heading for the front of the building. I remembered what I had learned from the Mid Ohio school, they kept saying 'when in doubt... both feet out', and I did not put my feet on either the gas or the brake pedals. I slowly veered to the left of the building aiming for a large dumpster. At the last minute ... I put my car in a controlled skid and slid about 35' sideways into a 'drive up telephone booth' with two barrier poles and a telephone pole behind it. Fortunately the snow from the having the parking lot cleared cushioned the impact. I was amazed that I avoided the real dangers and did very little damage to my car (less than $1,500.00) ... not bad for a 40mph accident. The people in the van... they went on their way never stopping back to see if I was OK. I am convinced that it was the tips I learned and the impromptu training that I received during my daughter's Teen Defensive Driving School that she attended at Mid Ohio."
-Ric Clark, Ohio parent

"If you visit The Mid-Ohio School, you will recognize the valuable contribution it makes to highway safety. If you love a young driver, urge him or her to attend Mid-Ohio or a similar professional driver training. You may save their life."
-Chagrin Falls, Ohio parent

"My son and I had a great time. Max learned a lot and I had a hoot. My wife was tickled that I have a 'Teen Driving Certificate'."
-Nashville, Tenn. parent

"The cost of the driving program is definitely worth the peace of mind. Driver’s training doesn’t teach you how to drive, it teaches you just enough to pass the driver’s test. The Mid-Ohio School’s course helped him (Rob) get out a dangerous situation on the roadway."
-Brunswick, Ohio parent

"My son, Ian, attended the class yesterday. He had a wonderful experience and learned a lot. He has not had much road time and the class was just what he needed to increase his confidence. The instructors were great. They were helpful and spoke to the kids on their terms."
-Columbus, Ohio parent

"My daughter Elizabeth recently completed the Honda Teen Driving Program at Mid-Ohio and I cannot be more pleased with the results. Her driving confidence has dramatically improved, as have her skills."
-Cleveland Heights, Ohio parent

"My daughter participated in your teen defensive driving program yesterday. I thought the instructors did a terrific job! Those guys are doing important work."
-Dayton, Ohio parent

"David Roush and Tommy Byrne were our instructors and they were just great. David is a great speaker and managed to keep the kids attention while he talked to them about the very serious responsibilities of driving. I know that he made a strong impression on them. Tommy was very patient and had a great sense of humor. My daughter can be pretty shy and both instructors went out of their way to make her feel comfortable and involved with the program. It was very easy to see a big positive change in her driving by the time the day was over."
-Chuck Ketterhagen, Madison, WI


Participant must be age 15 ½ and have a temporary permit or valid driver's license to enroll. Parent/guardian must sign a waiver for participant under the age of 18.

Parents are welcome to enroll in the program with teenager or stay and watch throughout the day of the program. Guest lunches are $8 each.

All participants, or their parent or guardian, are required to sign a liability waiver if using a school car. This waiver states, in the event of damage to the vehicle, you would be responsible for up to $1,500 in damages.
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