B.R.A.K.E.S. Program Teaches Teens Defensive Driving
Published March 22nd, 2015
GAINESVILLE,Fla-- B.R.A.K.E.S. stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe. A program teaching teenagers about defensive driving.
"We teach them the next step after the basic driver's ed program. We put them on a skid pad and we teach them on how to recover from a winter driving or skid situation said director Matt Reilly.
The program started about 7 years ago when National Hot Rod Association drag racer Doug Herbert lost his two sons in a highway accident. This is the first time they are teaching in the Gainesville area thanks to a grant. The four hour course is free of charge and teaches everything from using the anti-braking system, accident avoidance, skidding, and distracted driving.
One 16 year-old teenager whose been driving for six months with a permit believes the course prepped him for driving alone. "I think it's very important because it's a matter of life and death really because you never know what could happen on the road" said teen driver Ryan Robinson.
Ryan's father hopes he learned to not drive distracted. "I'm just worried once he gets more comfortable with driving that he'll start to get more comfortable with the distractions that are in driving and i'm dead set against distracted driving" said Ryan's father Duane Robinson.
The program has reached about fifteen thousand teenagers throughout 10 states and hopes to continue to reach more.
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