SIA Auto Safety Fair to educate, inform drivers about realities of road

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — On Saturday, May 30, Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) will host the first-ever SIA Auto Safety Fair from noon until 3:00 PM at the SIA Recreation Center. Several local, regional and national organizations specializing in auto safety are coming together to provide the community with demonstrations, workshops and the latest information and technology to help promote safe driving.

Trisha Hessinger, former race car driver and national TV show host will be conducting mini car care workshops to help drivers learn how to maintain their vehicles for improved safety and performance.

These workshops are geared for drivers who are less experienced with auto maintenance. There will also be a special section focusing on proper tire tread and air pressure.

Parents of teen drivers can get information about the latest technology in teen driver safety including sensors that monitor and report dangerous driving habits to parents via email or text messages and in vehicle cameras that turn on when a teen driver exhibits dangerous driving habits. Several organizations will be available to discuss teen driver safety, driver education courses and roadside assistance programs geared for teens and their parents.

Drivers can safely experience the dangers of impaired driving first-hand by attempting to maneuver the drunk driving simulation course or trying the texting-while-driving game. The latest technology and resources to help prevent drunk driving and texting while driving will be featured.

Certified car seat technicians will be on hand to educate drivers about proper car seat installation and drivers 18 years and older can try the “Seat Belt Convincer”, a crash simulator that lets you experience the power of a low speed impact and understand the importance of seat belts. Drivers can get information about how to lower their risks of injury when involved in an accident and how to avoid
common hazards on the road.

Drivers can also obtain important information about current laws, including proper accident procedures and recent changes to teen driving laws; while the Lafayette Police Department D.A.R.E. officer will takes kids for a ride on the Public Accessibility Cart.

BMV2YOU, the mobile BMV branch will provide a convenient, on-site office where drivers can get new ID cards, titles and voters registrations or renew licenses and registrations.

Participating organizations and prize sponsors include; Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., Bob Rohrman Subaru, AAA, AB Drivers Training, Allstate Auto Insurance, American Family Insurance, Blevins Insurance, BMV2You, Bridgestone Car Care Academy, Cellular Express, Clarian Arnett Health, DriveRite, Farm Bureau Insurance, Firestone Complete Auto Care, IIHS, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Lafayette Police Department, Liberty Mutual, MADD, SADD, State Farm Insurance, Teensurance.

Drivers of all ages and experience levels as well as parents of teen drivers are encourage to attend this free, community-wide event. The indoor/outdoor event will take place rain or shine. For more information about the SIA Auto Safety Fair, log onto or contact Jennifer McGarvey at 765-449-6269 or

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