Free Teen Driver Safety Program Could Save Your Kid’s Life
Teen Driver Safety Week may have come and gone but kids are dying every day of the year. There’s no one week of the year when they should learn safe driving. That’s one of the forces behind Kia’s sponsorship of the lifesaving B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School. It’s a free advanced driver training that is offered throughout the year across the country. RELATED: 5 Best New Cars for Teens
How bad is the problem? On average eight teens lose their lives every day in vehicle crashes, or approximately 3,000 teens per year. Drivers under the age of 20 have the largest proportion of fatal accidents involving distracted driving. Vehicle accidents also remain the leading cause of death for teens globally.
Professional instructors will provide four hours of intensive hands-on defensive driving education with kids behind the wheel of cars donated by Kia. Parents participate in the courses to ensure proper driving techniques are reinforced following the session. According to the B.R.A.K.E.S. program, the first six months are the most dangerous for a new driver,
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Upcoming courses take place at the New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, Oct. 31 - Nov. 1; zMax Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, Nov. 14 - 15; Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, Nov. 21 - 22; zMax Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, Dec. 5 – 6; and Fairplex in Pomona, California, Dec. 19 - 20.
You can register by going to PutontheBrakes.org. It will alert you to upcoming classes.
Better yet, if you have the means, donate to the program. It costs $43,200 to train 144 kids over the course of two days. Kia donates the cars. Maybe you can help underwrite some of the other costs.
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