Seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter Gavin Becker is lending his support to Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides free, hands-on advanced driver training to teens and their parents. Philadelphia native Becker experienced B.R.A.K.E.S.’ intensive, half-day program earlier this year when nearby Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, hosted the safe driving school for the first time. B.R.A.K.E.S. recently announced plans to return to Englishtown October 29-30 and multiple times in 2017.
GAVIN’S FAMILY HISTORY
When Gavin’s father was 17 years old, he and two friends were in a tragic car accident due to reckless teenage driving. One of the boys, Jon Beifeld, was in the front passenger position without a seatbelt. Their car crashed head-on into a cement wall, sending Jon Beifeld through the windshield. Jon passed away in the hospital a few days later from a severe head trauma as a result of the crash. Throughout Gavin’s childhood, his father often spoke about the auto accident, how quickly an evening of fun can turn to tragedy, and the seriousness of driver safety. The tragedy that occurred that night was re-told over and over to Gavin as he neared driving age. When Gavin learned about the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School, he quickly realized that such a program can be a lifesaver for teens and that Jon Beifeld might still be alive today had his father’s friends participated in such a course.
WHY GAVIN PARTICIPATES IN B.R.A.K.E.S.
Gavin has grown up hearing of his father’s tragic loss of his best friend and how important it is to understand the fundamentals of driving safely. When Gavin saw an opportunity to participate in a B.R.A.K.E.S. school, he didn’t hesitate to set aside everything else and attend. The course – which is free to all participants – goes beyond the level of standard driver education by addressing driving situations responsible for many traffic accidents involving teens. Gavin felt the information he learned could one day save his life or someone else’s and so he immediately offered to reach out to his teenage fans and their parents. Thousands of teenagers across the country lose their lives each year in traffic accidents. This staggering number of fatalities can be reduced through the efforts of B.R.A.K.E.S. and its Teen Pro-Active Driving School.
ABOUT GAVIN BECKER
Gavin Becker is a 17-year-old singer and songwriter from Philadelphia. He started playing piano, singing and writing music at age five. At age seven, Gavin began performing on stage in regional theater productions, and in 2013, he started posting covers and original music on You Tube, introduced his original music on iTunes and performed his first solo concert. Gavin has performed on several concert tours including the OMG Music Fest, DigiTour, MAGCON and the Sunsation Tour. His debut EP “Closer” reached number seven on the iTunes Charts. For more information, visit www.gavinbeckerofficial.com.
In 2008, Doug Herbert suffered every parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of his two sons, Jon age 17 and James age 12, in a car crash. Doug took his personal tragedy and created the 501 (c)(3) non-profit B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School. In the past eight years, more than 20,000 teens from 31 states and three countries have graduated from B.R.A.K.E.S.’ intensive half-day training course, which features hands-on skills exercises taught by professional instructors in a fleet of new vehicles donated by Kia Motors America. The course maintains a low three-to-one student-to-instructor ratio and requires at least one parent to attend with each teen. According to a recent study, B.R.A.K.E.S. graduates are 64 percent less likely to be in a crash in their first three years of driving. For more information or to register for a school, visit www.putonthebrakes.org.