A decade away from a driver’s license, these kids are already learning safe driving habits
The members of Eden Prairie High School’s Distraction Free Driving Club are big fans of peer-to-peer education. Usually, that means other teenagers, but on Aug. 14, 22 high schoolers taught a different audience about safe driving: elementary schoolers.
“The kids are our peers, our younger peers,” explained Saathvika Yeruva, co-president of the Distraction-Free Driving Club. She and her classmates spent the morning at Oak Point Elementary School in Eden Prairie playing games, drawing and doing trivia with 15 elementary school students to teach intervention strategies if they see unsafe driving habits and how technology can quickly lead to dangerous distractions.
The one-day summer camp was the brainchild of Vijay Dixit, founder of the Shreya F. Dixit Memorial Foundation, which advocates for safer driving to prevent injuries and deaths from distracted driving. The idea is to create a long-lasting effect: Young children can ask their parents and older siblings to use safer driving habits and will also grow up with those ingrained habits long before they sit behind the wheel.