This is a program developed as a tool to help young drivers become more safety conscious and hopefully better drivers. As an example, in Ohio this event is held the last Wednesday of April. A local car dealer loans cars for the event and local law enforcement come to help grade the scenarios and give participants some hints.
Six participants from each invited school may represent their school in all three of the Roadeo sections. All take a 100 question written exam based on Ohio Driver’s Handbook and Ohio Laws, write a short essay, and drive through 5 low speed maneuverability scenarios: Serpentine, Left Parallel Park, Right Parallel Park, Star, and Backing & Lane Change. These are timed scenarios, with a target time being the ideal. Too fast and you are penalized, and too slow and you are penalized.
Each school should also choose an adult coordinator for the event. A school coordinator from each school is requested to accompany the student to the event. Each school will decide how to pick their six students. Students are subject to having their driving record run to ensure they have a valid driver’s license before participating in the event. All students must also show proof of insurance prior to the event.
The event is held rain or shine, so students need to dress for the weather. We drive in all kinds of weather in our lives, so this is no different. Students must be respectful to others, and will be required to wear their seatbelts per the law. Cell phones should be turned off or to vibrate, and no texting or phone calls are allowed during the event.
In the example provided, monetary rewards are given in the following categories, by local sponsors:
Written Test Driving Skills Driving Events
1st Place – $300 1st Place – $300 1st Place – $25
2nd Place – $200 2nd Place – $200 Best Essay – $25
3rd Place – $100 3rd Place – $100 Best Test Score – $25
4th Place – $75 4th Place – $75
5th Place – $50 5th Place – $50 School Trophy