Ottawa Section Safe Drivers | Safe Families Event



  On August 17th, 20 Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) members and a Star Motors of Ottawa client came together at the Ernst & Young Centre (EY Centre) in Ottawa to experience their daily drivers in a unique environment.  The event was hosted by the MBCA | Ottawa Section with support from the MBCA Education Foundation, Star Motors of Ottawa, the Motorsport Club of Ottawa and the MBCA Northeast Region.

  The day started with the layout of the events for the morning activities.  The activities included:

·       A panic braking exercise;

·       An accident avoidance exercise;

·       A slalom exercise;

·       An emergency lane change exercise; and

·       A parking exercise.

  Once the activities were laid out, the head instructors took the other instructors through the exercises to familiarize them with the exercises and ensure everyone was on the same page with regard to the purpose of the exercise. 

  The head instructors, Sarah and JB, were from the Chicago Section.  The Ottawa Section instructors were Bob Richer, Michael Hoegl, who came all the way from the Perry Sound region of Ontario, approximately five (5) hours away, and event coordinator Josef Ferner.

  Following the layout activity, the participants began to arrive.  We were honoured to have Claudia and Drew Webb, Regional Director, Northeast Region, and Omar Diab, A Star Motors of Ottawa client attend the event.

  Once all the participants were on site, we all gathered in a classroom to indulge in coffee and treats followed by the signing of the mandatory waiver, an overview of the day’s activities and a recap of the fundamentals of driving such as seating position and vehicle dynamics.

  The morning was spent going through the exercises.  Each participant went through the exercises four times.

  Noon was spent having a Subway sandwich and cookie, JB’s favorite, and laying out the course for the afternoon’s event, the autocross.  Unfortunately, the rain came in during the setup of the autocross, but was done once the course was laid out.

  The afternoon was spent with the participants practising what they had learnt in the morning on the autocross course.  The runs were timed, so naturally, the competitive nature in all came out.  After an afternoon on the course the best time was scored put in by Omar.  Congratulations Omar.

  The day was capped off with dinner at the Le Café restaurant patio beside the Rideau Canal.  Le Café is part of the National Arts Centre.

  As a bonus, we were able to watch one of the Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light fireworks exhibitions from the restaurant.  Following dinner and the fireworks show, we all took a stroll over to Parliament Hill to watch the Northern Lights – sound and light show, which is projected on to the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings.

  A fun day was had by all, and we thank all the volunteers and support organizations for their assistance.


Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
2555 N National Ave
Event Description: 
On Saturday September 7th the region will be conducting a safe driving training course hosted by the Portland section.
A full day of driving skills, plus lunch is included.
  • Location is The Southwest Washington Fairgrounds at 2555 N National Ave Chehalis WA 98532
  • Saturday September 7th 9am-4pm
  • Cost is 35.00 for members, 45.00 for non-members and teens are free. 15.00 for non-participants for lunch only. (ticket sales coming soon)
National Driving Instructor Jason Burton will join us to conduct the event.
In the morning there will be a classroom session covering defensive driving skills, followed by one-on-one instruction
in your own car. Then we will apply the knowledge learned in the classroom on mini-courses, practicing Evasive Action, Slalom, Braking & Turning, and ABS Braking. 
In the afternoon, the action heats up and you’ll continue to practice all your new knowledge on the autocross course where you can further build your skills. If you are new to autocross, don’t worry, you won’t be alone. Think of it as a small race course with cones that will guide you (and an instructor if you’d like more guidance). 
SD/SF Certificates will be issued certifying your completion of the program, and prizes will be awarded for the best autocross times. At the end of the day you’ll have confidence in knowing what your car can do, and what you are capable of doing with your car.
The skills to be taught in the driving clinic are:
  • How to make sure the vehicle is mechanically sound and safe to drive.
  • How to set the seats and mirrors and position the head and hands of the driver for maximum control of the vehicle.
  • How to accelerate, steer, and stop the vehicle in extreme situations.
  • How to steer with the eyes and continuously scan and evaluate the driving environment in order to drive smoothly and safely.
  • How to develop a set of attitudes that will enable the driver to anticipate circumstances that will require response and determine the proper response for the circumstances.
Come join us for this fun and educational event!
Dave Abarr
Portland Section President
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Midwest Regional Event: Kansas City Section Defensive Driving & Autocross July 8, 2017


The Kansas City Section hosted yet another successful Regional Event with the July 8th Defensive Driving School and Autocross.  There were a record number of participants [35] and we were gratified to have many drivers aged 20 and under that were able to learn new skills and apply them on the course:  defensive driving excercises, slalom and the skid pad all provided both challanges and fun for all the drivers.  Special thanks to National President Terry Kiwala who spent a considerable amount of time with the set up of the courses and acted as the autocross starter for the entire afternoon.  Special thanks also to lead instructor Dudley Smith for recruiting an excellent cadre of instructors and leading the excellend classroom presentations.  It all made a very hot, humid, Kansas City day really enjoyable!  Dinner at the local Olive Garden capped off the day with more fun and a few awards.  

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