October 22 wrapped up National Teen Driver Safety Week. The Kia brand is committed to keeping teens and all drivers safe on the road. Therefore, they have partnered with B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) a non-profit that conducts free defensive driving courses.
This year, the Kia brand and B.R.A.K.E.S. hosted classes at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Teens and their parents received hands-on defensive driving training. They practiced emergency braking, evasive maneuvering, and skid-control. The program is especially effective because it offers a three to one, student to teacher ratio. The Kia brand and B.R.A.K.E.S. plan to also visit Orlando, FL; Englishtown, NJ; Hazel Park, MI; Concord, NC; and Knoxville, TN.
“Car crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens in this country, and we started B.R.A.K.E.S. eight years ago to deal with this nationwide epidemic,” said Doug Herbert, who founded B.R.A.K.E.S. in 2008, after he lost his two young sons in a tragic car crash. “After years of hard work, we recently trained our 20,000th student, and the program continues to build momentum. We’re thrilled to be able to bring B.R.A.K.E.S. to our Nation’s Capital for the first time, and to be part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which will help educate even more teens and prepare them for emergency situations that they’ll face on the roads.”