Put On the B.R.A.K.E.S.: Educating Teen Drivers

February 1st, 2017 by

Put On The B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) with Doug Herbert is coming to Joint Base Charleston this weekend. B.R.A.K.E.S. educates teen drivers and their parents about the importance of safe driving and offers advanced driver classes included hands on behind the wheel training in four modules.

  • Collision Avoidance/Slalom Exercise
  • Drop Wheel/Off Road Recovery Exercise
  • Distraction Exercise
  • Panic Exercise

This free lifesaving training is made possible through a non-profit organization founded by Doug Herbert, a NHRA drag racing  after he lost his two sons in a tragic car accident in 2008. The first-time Charleston event is especially poignant as it was inspired in memory of Summerville resident, Tripp Rabon who was killed in car accident at the age of 17 in 2015. His parents Glenn and Sandra Rabon and the Sandra Rabon Allstate Agency have been instrumental in bringing this program to Charleston.

Kia Motors America has been the presenting sponsor since 2015 and provides the official fleet of vehicles for the Teen Proactive Driving School. Kia Country is excited to participate in this initiative and will be onsite to talk with students and parents, and demonstrate driver safety technologies. As the local participating Kia dealership, we will also providing gifts for each of the 160 teen participants and will be working with the B.R.A.K.E.S. team to plan a second event in September. Steve Appelbaum, Kia Country General Manager said, “We are thrilled to join this lifesaving effort. Charleston’s driving statistics are among the worst in the nation and no one should lose a child. We are committed to promoting safe driving in our community and so happy that this successful program is being offered locally.”

Car accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths in the U.S. This free program has been provided to over 17,000 teenagers and their parents in 33 states and three countries and has undoubtedly saved lives.

Stay tuned for more efforts to promote safe teen driving