B.R.A.K.E.S Teen Defensive Driving Courses


As a mom of 2 teen boys ( one driving and one will be soon enough) learning about B.R.A.K.E.S ( Be responsible and keep everyone safe) recently while in San Diego made me wonder why no one had thought of this sooner. Do you remember when you first began driving and had your first spin out? Or just driving in bad weather conditions? I do… Growing up in Illinois,bad weather conditions are the norm and driving in it can be downright scary. Add in being a new driver and you have a recipe for potential disaster. Sadly that is exactly what happened to Top Fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert after he lost his two young sons, Jon and James, in a tragic car crash just blocks from his home.  Doug decided that this could have been prevented, that he wanted  to do something about it, and the B.R.A.K.E.S program was soon a reality.


The B.R.A.K.E.S. program offers free defensive driving lessons to teens and their parents taught by professional high-performance driving instructors. Vehicles for the school are provided by Kia Motors America. B.R.A.K.E.S. has instructed over 20,000 teens since its inception.

Doug shares his personal story behind the founding of the national charity and shares tips for teens and parents to stay safe on the road. The B.R.A.K.E.S. mission is to prevent injuries and save lives by educating teen drivers and their parents. According to a recent study, B.R.A.K.E.S. graduates are 64 percent less likely to crash in their first three years of driving.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S. To provide teenagers with the training and tools to be safe and responsible behind the wheel, Kia Motors America (KMA) and the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School are bringing the 501(c)(3) charity’s free advanced driver training to Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. According to a recent study, the B.R.A.K.E.S. program reduces the crash rate of teen drivers by approximately 64% in their first three years of driving.

The B.R.A.K.E.S. curriculum includes advanced, behind-the-wheel training from professional driving instructors using Kia provided vehicles. Training includes: skid control, distracted driving awareness, panic stopping (ABS activation), drop-wheel recovery and car control.


Registration is open at https://putonthebrakes.org/shop as well as being able to check out additional dates in YOUR CITY!!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rosecroft Raceway

6336 Rosecroft Drive

Fort Washington, MD 20744

ATTENDEES: Teenagers 15-19 who have:

· A valid learners permit or driver’s license

· 30 hours of driving experience behind the wheel

· Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian


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