Parents of Teens: Kia Offers Free Defensive Driving Program for Teens

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In 2011 alone, seven teens died in car crashes every single day. Yet, driver training requirements in the United States are rudimentary at best. Former former NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert launched the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School to provide advanced driver training for teens, and Kia is picking up the tab. The program is completely free, and it’s been rolling out across the country.

Just about everybody who gets a driver’s license takes driver’s ed., but those programs only teach the basic rudiments required to pass a driving test. To really learn how a car reacts under real traffic conditions, teens need years of trial-and-error, on-street driving experience, but with the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School, they get up to speed quickly by spending time with skilled instructors in a closed, safe environment.

Kia funds B.R.A.K.E.S. through a 501(c)(3) charity, making it completely free for teens who register.

The CDC recommends that parents make teens aware of the eight leading causes of teen crashes:

  • Driver inexperience
  • Driving with teen passengers
  • Nighttime driving
  • Not using seat belts
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Impaired driving

The B.R.A.K.E.S. school tackles many of these leading factors head-on, on a closed course with  exercises that young drivers will encounter in the traffic, such as accident avoidance, recovering after a wheel drops off the pavement, skid management in wet conditions, panic braking and driver distraction.


Each course is four hours long, and includes time in the car with a trained instructor.

Motor vehicle crashes are the single leading killer of 14- to 18-year-olds in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2011 alone, 2,650 teens in the United States aged 16 to 19 were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Almost 292,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in car crashes. By taking advantage of this free program, parents can give their driving teens significantly more training than a typical driver’s ed. course provides.


The 501(c)(3) charity’s free advanced driver training is coming to facilities in both the East and West halves of the country.

If you or someone you know has a teen, enroll in the program today.  Reserve a seat today at


Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

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