Advance Auto Parts (NYSE:AAP), a leading automotive retailer of parts, batteries, accessories and maintenance items is excited to announce the expansion of its Driver Education Teacher Program, “Advance Your Knowledge,” which is used as a tool for driver education teachers. As of the Spring of 2008, the program has enrolled nearly 700,000 students. Currently, seven states including Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and Florida are using the program statewide. “Advance Your Knowledge” is free to all state affiliated drivers education programs with replenishment support available via a dedicated program Web site.
“Today’s vehicles are complex. Our multimedia kit is designed to help instructors help their students understand vehicle basics, especially as it relates to their personal driving safety,” says Bryan Gregory, director of consumer education for Advance Auto Parts. “Our commitment is to help teachers impart vehicle and safety information most relevant to young drivers and ensure parents that their new driver will be getting the best driver education possible, that is why we developed this program.”
After a two year pilot, feedback about the program has been extremely positive from both teachers and students. Students said that the kit made learning about their vehicles a lot more enjoyable and takes some of the fear out of flat tires and oil changes. Teachers also raved about the multimedia kit claiming that the guidelines and tools made it easier to teach and that it was great because it was both educational and interactive for the students.
"The Advance Auto Parts Advancing Your Knowledge program is presented in a concise and interesting format that holds the attention of the students in my Driver Education Classes,” stated Gary Rex Scott, Kansas Driver Safety Education Association Executive Director. “ I use the program when we discuss the care and maintenance of vehicles. It provides basic car maintenance in a simple and useable manner that students are able to comprehend and retain for later use. The students in my classes enjoy the layman's terminology used in the video.”
The complete “Advance Your Knowledge” tool kit includes a DVD loaded with short how-to videos, 29 project brochures, and online replenishment information for instructors. “We have to make it easy to use and easy to replenish for today’s busy teachers. In many states, classroom time is very limited, so we have engineered a solution to work in concert with instructors,” Gregory adds.
“The Advance Auto Parts driver education kit has enhanced instruction on vehicle maintenance for driver education programs throughout Virginia,” stated Janet Ragland, driver education specialist at the Virginia Department of Education. “Advance continues to support driver education programs in Virginia through updated materials and staff development.”
Advance Auto Parts’ industry leading commitment to educate people about vehicle care is helping young drivers understand the gap between undone maintenance and driving safety, while taking the mystery out of today’s vehicles.Whether you’re a drivers ed teacher, or a do-it-yourselfer in need of some driveway maintenance, ask an Advance Auto Parts Team Member for some advice, or visit www.AdvanceAutoParts.com,where you can find free pod-casts, video know-how clinics and much more information that could potentially save you a trip to the auto shop.
About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets As of April 19, 2008, the Company operated 3,291 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of non-profit organizations at the corporate and local levels and encourages its Team Members to become actively involved in various community-based charitable organizations. Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Since 1994, Advance Auto Parts has raised more than $14 million for JDRF and is one of that organization’s largest corporate supporters.
Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s web site at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
Shelly Whitaker, APR