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Safe Drivers/ Safe Families Defensive Driving and Autocross
June 27th

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Due to the popularity of this event two years ago, we will again be conducting a Defensing Driving seminar with an autocross in the afternoon on July 27th at Northern Kentucky University Parking Lot P. We will need participants to arrive by 8:30a for the program to start on time.

The MBCA’s Safe Drivers Safe Families event is meant to teach drivers of all ages how to control there car in simulated low speed emergency situations. If you’re not familiar with SDSF events, their focus is to help participants better understand car control and get experience with their car in a controlled environment so they can learn how to respond to emergencies on the road. Please check out the Driver’s Handbook, which is what a participant would receive on the day of the event and will give you a good idea of what the program entails.
A SDSF event spans one day and includes an hour of morning classroom instruction, the balance of the morning guiding drivers through car control exercises. An autocross is constructed, and practice and timed runs are conducted in the afternoon. The autocross allows drivers to put all the skills together that they practiced in the morning and further refine them.

This event is perfect for the young driver, and the seasoned driver. MBCA | Cincinnati encourages all members to attend and to also bring your young licensed driver to this event. It will only help everyone become a better driver in emergency situations. Please bring your daily driver for this event as this is the car you will more than likely be in if the simulated situation occurs in real life.

After the morning of defensive driving, we will convert the lot into an autocross course. The afternoon will be used to hone those skills learned in the morning by driving a laid out course through cones for time. Some people think Autocrosses are for the race enthusiast, but the real fact is, that it gets you time behind the wheel learning about your car, while trying to understand your cars limits. Another myth is that it adds additional wear on your car that is unneeded. The course that will be setup, will keep your cars speed below 40MPH, which will not add any under stress on your vehicle. This is not a track day!

An autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on a surface. It is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. Autocross courses place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. Courses may be temporary and marked by traffic cones for additional safety.

Autocross is one of the most accessible and affordable forms of motorsport, and autocross events are open to novices. Because autocross events use rubber traffic cones to define the course, and are on paved surfaces with few obstructions, the hazards and barriers to entry are low. While speeds are generally no greater than 40MPH, the combination of concentration and precision maneuvering gives drivers an experience similar to that of a full road course race.

We hope you join us for this event in July, as we would love to put on another great day of safe driving!
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