Save Our Teen Drivers

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Parents create driver’s ed course after death of children

Posted by lapearce on March 20, 2009


I hate reading about these reactionary decisions. I wish for once I could read, “Driver’s Ed course saves teen’s life” instead we always hear the opposite. Not surprising giving the state of driver’s ed in this country.

In North Carolina, a professional National Hot Rod Association driver, Doug Herbert, has started a program called B.R.A.K.E.S. aka ‘Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe’ after his 17-year-old and 12-year-old sons were killed in a car crash.

Even as a professional driver and the father of a teen driver, Herbert says that he had no idea how dangerous driving was, “I didn’t know that 6,000 teens lose their lives each year; it’s the number one killer.”

The B.R.A.K.E.S. program teaches what I think the DMV should teach from the get-go, things that everyone with a brain in their head and a dollar to give to looking into the problem agrees on: visual skills, space management, vehicle dynamics, hazard recognition.

Herbert has found that no one thinks the current system is enough, “We discovered that the kids felt like they weren’t learning enough in driver’s ed and wanted to teach them techniques to help them gain confidence behind the wheel.”

“They tend to panic and do nothing, but that’s not going to help the situation.”

But Herbert  knows what I know, what all experts know, the way to get people to not panic and the way to get new drivers to respond correctly is, well, to teach them how to do it. It’s amazing that a concept this simple is completely over the head of the DMV.

I hope you have taken note from a few of the similarities in the programs I have discussed on this blog: they teach kids how to drive, and they are headed by professional race car drivers. There is something to both of these things. If you would like, I will happily give you a free lesson on a race track for you to see all that you do not know.

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One Response to “Parents create driver’s ed course after death of children”

  1. […] I have blogged about a similar case before, where the father of a teenager killed in a crash starts a foundation to try and make sure it doesn’t happen again. It is horrible that in this day and age, the only time someone comes with a solution is after they lose the life of a child. It would be so much better if we just gave them the solution now so these reactionary foundations wouldn’t have to be created. […]

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