Community Outreach

Anaheim Ducks Defensive Driving Program

The Mercury Drive Safe Challenge initiative kicked off with a free, daylong defensive driving program, which included hands-on skills training within an enclosed, secure parking lot at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Helping Mercury impart safe driving tips and defensive driving techniques were the NHL Anaheim Ducks and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Participants included high school hockey players, peers and parents from all over Southern California. Former Ducks stars Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selänne were also present with Teemu taking up the challenge of testing his own driving skills.

All participants learned collision avoidance and car-handling maneuvers from professional driving instructors including how to handle an out-of-control car on a slippery surface. To get an understanding of how dangerous and scary distracted driving is, students were told to pull out their cell phones and text while driving at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour on the enclosed course, which lead to several knocked over cones.

Check out the videos below to see what participants had to say about their experience.

Drive Safe Challenge Contract

In addition to getting some hands-on experience inside the vehicles, participants gained valuable knowledge from qualified CHP instructors and were invited to sign the Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge contract.

Download the Contract

“Inexperience is one of the main reasons why teenagers are involved in more collisions than those who have more years behind the wheel. What people may not realize is new drivers need to know more than the mechanics of operating a vehicle to be safe.”
– CHP Officer Florentino Olivera

“The statistics are staggering, especially when you consider that most of these accidents and fatalities are preventable. We don’t want any families to suffer through the loss of a child, so Mercury is taking action with the launch of the ‘Mercury Insurance Drive Safe Challenge.’”
– Mercury Insurance Chief Claims Officer Randy Petro

Event Photos