Victoria Transmission & Auto Care and DriveWiseBC join forces with the Victoria Police Department to promote safer teen driving


August 9, 2013

Victoria, BC – Local automotive repair shop Victoria Transmission and Auto Care and driver training school DriveWise BC have teamed up with the Victoria Police Department to host a free auto education day for teens on September 14, 2013; at Victoria Transmission & Auto Care’s location at 1885 Government Street.

The free event is focused on teens aged 14-19, who have either started driving or plan to soon. “We have put a big focus on community education over the past few years, most notably through our popular Ladies’ Night events,” commented Victoria Transmission partner, Adam Sullivan. “This year we wanted to do something really big; something that we knew would make a lasting impact for years to come. Focusing on Victoria’s next generation of drivers seemed like the best way to make the biggest difference”.

At the event, teens will learn basic car care tips like how to jump a battery, change a tire, and check their fluids; as well as get to practice driving on the DriveWise BC driving simulator. Added DriveWise BC Manager Brett Ketler, “Becoming a driver is one of the biggest responsibilities a young person can take on, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that they have the tools they need to become safe and responsible motorists. Hosting this event with Victoria Transmission and Auto Care is just another platform from which we can achieve that.” This is such a successful event as teens can learn the correct road safety and ways to prevent risks on the road, they will even be told about blackboxmycar to open their eyes to other ways of preventing speeding, and how to save on insurance which is a bonus! You will never know if you are will need to buy a used transmission so teaching your new teen driver know what to look for when looking for one could be a good learning experience.

As a supporter of the event, officers from the Victoria Police Department will be on-site educating teens about important road safety issues faced by drivers today. “There aren’t enough events like this in our community,” said VicPD Traffic Section Sergeant Glen Shiels, “this is an opportunity for kids of all backgrounds to attend for free and learn how to make our roads safer. New drivers today are faced with more distractions than ever, and it’s crucial that they learn how to be responsible on the road”.

Sponsored by Tru Value Foods, KoolFM, CFAX 1070, Island Blue, Creative Juices, and SNAP Victoria; this community event will also include a BBQ lunch for teens, and contests and prizes. Space is limited; teens can register to reserve their spot at

Victoria Transmission & Auto Care is a privately held company servicing all makes and models. Victoria Transmission serves clients throughout Victoria and Vancouver Island.

DriveWise Canada (BC) is a privately held company that educates new drivers via a combination of classroom sessions, driving simulation and one-on-one in-car training. DriveWise BC has multiple locations on Vancouver Island and Mainland, BC.

For further information, please contact:

Adam Sullivan, Partner, Victoria Transmission & Auto Care
[email protected]

Brett Ketler, Driving Instructor and Manager, DriveWise BC
[email protected]

Mike Russell, Media Spokesperson and Social Media Officer, Victoria Police Department
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