If you have teenage drivers, you need to check out Drivers Edge http://www.driversedge.com/ This non -profit organization, founded by Jeff Payne, offers a free (yes FREE) program, for young drivers age 15-21 that possess a learners permit or drivers license. It includes classroom and behind the wheel experience, taught by professional drivers. Jeff and his team teaches skid control, evasive lane changes, defensive driving techniques, routine car maintenance and much more. They do accept donations.
The purpose of the program is to save teens lives by teaching them the necessary driving skills. Parents are also encouraged to attend these classes and I strongly suggest that you do so. Here is the press release from this year.
Drivers Edge does a follow up 12 months and then 24 months after your child has taken the course, to see if the program is making a difference. So far, statistics are looking positive.
There are tour dates throughout the country beginning in the spring, so the last training course for this year is in Las Vegas, was this past weekend. Keep checking the website for next years schedule and then sign up. The classes fill fast!
My older son went through this program and now my younger son will be ready for it by spring. I suggest that your child have some driving experience before taking this course because it is a lot of behind the wheel training. If they are not comfortable driving yet, they will not fully benefit from the training. My son, like all of the teens who take the course, loved it! Where else can a new driver get trained by professional drivers, in a fun environment and get to put a car in a skid without their parent screaming at them? My older son wants to repeat the course when his brother takes it next spring.
If Drivers Edge comes to your area, I highly recommend it! It is a great program.
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