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Make a Designated Driver Part of Your Fourth of July Plans

Make a Designated Driver Part of Your Fourth of July Plans

 

With backyard parties, cookouts and fireworks, the July 4th holiday is a favorite time of year for many Americans. But the celebrating can turn deadly when people drive after drinking alcohol.  

“Impaired driving can turn celebrations into tragedy in an instant,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center Drinking Driver Program. “With July 4th approaching, we’re reminding people of the cost of impaired driving. In 2012, 179 people were killed in crashes over this holiday period. Of those deaths, 44 percent were in crashes that involved alcohol.

America’s Car Show to Launch ‘After Dark’ Radio Show

America’s Car Show to Launch ‘After Dark’ Radio Show

 

Fasten your seatbelts! Automotive expert, author, and television and radio personality Tom Torbjornsen, founder of America’s Car Show, will launch his latest venture, “America’s Car Show After Dark,” at 8 p.m. Monday, April 14. Co-hosted by Paul Hoefler, the show will run from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday on TuneIn.com.

With over 35 years in the automotive industry and over two decades in talk radio, Torbjornsen attracts listeners with his unique and entertaining style, expert advice, topical guests and enthusiasm for cars.

NFADA Lists AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

NFADA Lists AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

 

Student teams from the Orleans Niagara BOCES Niagara Career & Technical Education Centers and the Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center won top honors at the annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and Tire Rodeo held Saturday in Orchard Park. The competition took place at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center at 5885 Big Tree Road, Orchard Park.

The AutoTech competition featured teams of two high school automotive seniors who were put through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. The WNY Ford Dealers provided six 2014 Ford Fusions for the students to compete on.

Tire Rodeo Competition is Serious Business for High School Students

Tire Rodeo Competition is Serious Business for High School Students

 

While high school seniors are squaring off in the 2014 NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition this Saturday, Jan. 18, in Orchard Park, area high school juniors will once again be learning the ropes and taking part in their own competition — a Tire Rodeo. 

Both competitions will take place beginning at 9 a.m. and will conclude with an awards ceremony at approximately 2 p.m. at the Erie Community College Vehicle Technology Training Center, 5885 Big Tree Road, Orchard Park. The event is open to the public.

High School Seniors to Compete in AutoTech Competition

High School Seniors to Compete in AutoTech Competition

 

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College are hosting the 2014 NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition on Saturday, Jan. 18. The competition features teams of two high school automotive seniors who will go through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. The WNY Ford Dealers are the vehicle sponsors and will be providing six 2014 Ford Fusions for the students to compete on.

The competition, to be held at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center at 5885 Big Tree Road in Orchard Park, is open to the public beginning at 9 a.m.  It concludes with an awards ceremony at approximately 3 p.m.

Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

 

The Resource Training Center is issuing a special challenge this week to the parents of all teen drivers with a special “5 to Drive” campaign encouraging parents to always set the rules before their teens hit the road.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in America. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes – with almost half (45 percent) of those teen drivers being killed in those crashes.

Ford Friendship Express Applications Now Available

Ford Friendship Express Applications Now Available

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York today announced that applications are available for the 2014 Ford Friendship Express program. Running for nearly two decades, the philanthropic program has donated more than 71 Ford vans to nonprofit organizations in the Western New York area.

“This program focuses on a great need that is often not top of mind for donors or supporters – giving nonprofit organizations access to safe vehicles,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee. “I encourage every nonprofit in need of transportation to apply to Ford Friendship Express.”

The following items are important program details for eligible organizations looking to drive away in a new Ford van: