Car crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens in the United States. Every day car crashes end more teen lives than murder, cancer or suicide, and thousands of teens are hospitalized every year due to crashes. B.R.A.K.E.S. is on a mission to change that.
When NHRA drag racing star Doug Herbert lost his two young sons, Jon and James, in a tragic highway crash in January of 2008, his grief led to resolve, inspiring a mission to help prevent other families from experiencing similar heartbreak.
Herbert wasted no time in putting his mission into motion, creating B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe), a 501(c)3 charity organization that provides FREE, hands-on advanced driver training through its Teen Pro-Active Driving School.
To prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving.
While conventional driver’s education is important and valuable, the B.R.A.K.E.S Teen Pro-Active Driving School curriculum goes well beyond that level of training, addressing common driving situations responsible for many traffic crashes involving teens.
Driving exercises include: Distracted Driving Awareness, Panic Braking, Crash Avoidance, Car Control/Skid Recovery, Drop-wheel/Off-road Recovery. Other elements include proper seat and mirror placement, proper use of seatbelts, eye scanning, Big Rig Safety, What to do during a Traffic Stop and more.
More than 50,000 teenagers -- plus their parents -- have attended the B.R.A.K.E.S. program, totaling more than 60,000 safer drivers from 46 different states and 5 countries.
B.R.A.K.E.S. schools are held one weekend a month at Zmax Dragway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. We also visit other locations all over the U.S., including Southern California at the LA County Fairplex, Pomona; Raleigh, NC; the Manheim Auto Auction Center in Manheim, PA, and Orlando, FL. For our current schedule, please view our Upcoming Registration Schedule
B.R.A.K.E.S. continues to look for additional locations to expand its training program. In order to hold a driving school in your community, B.R.A.K.E.S requires assistance in covering the associated costs in bringing the program to you. In general, the cost is about $500 per student and one weekend of B.R.A.K.E.S. instruction will train approximately 200 students. Please contact the B.R.A.K.E.S. headquarters for more information.
B.R.A.K.E.S. instructors come from various backgrounds, but all have extensive experience in advanced driver training and defensive driving instruction. They include current and former members of law enforcement, professional racing drivers, and even some drivers who perform stunts in movies. In addition to their previous experience, B.R.A.K.E.S. conducts its own rigorous course for instructors to ensure consistent and safe delivery of our proven curriculum.
The B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving school is offered free of charge. We require a $99 deposit at the time of registration, but this deposit is refundable upon the completion of class. As a non-profit 501 (c)3 charity, B.R.A.K.E.S. relies on donations, sponsorships, and various fundraising events to cover the costs of bringing this lifesaving program to teenagers across the country.