Safe driving program for teens launches in Nashville

Club members pose with driving-themed props.

Club members pose with driving-themed props.

Around 60 teens took part in the Nashville course at the Andrew Jackson Boys & Girls Club in North Nashville on Wednesday.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Distracted driving, which kills more than nine people each day, continues to be a growing concern across the country. In Tennessee, Davidson County has the most crashes involving drivers ages 15 to 24 of any county in the state, according to the Department of Safety & Homeland Security.

In an ongoing effort to combat the ever-growing issue of distracted driving, The UPS Foundation, which governs corporate citizenship and UPS’s philanthropic programs, teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to launch UPS Road Code in Nashville this year.

UPS Road Code is a national program that teaches safe driving techniques to teens. It’s currently available in 57 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout 46 U.S. cities and reaches some 5,000 teenagers per year nationwide.

The highly successful program, now in its ninth year, is hitting the road for safety with a free community event in Nashville to celebrate the city’s launch of

UPS Road Code and help educate local teens about road safety.

The teens raced each other in an obstacle course and interacted with a virtual driving simulator.

The Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee said the course is not about teaching teens how to drive, but instead teaching them how to drive safely.

This year, in 2017, the Road Code program has expanded to include three new cities: Nashville, Denver, and Charlottesville.

Teens, parents, and others interested in learning more about safe driving and the UPS Road Code program, visit .