This weekend in Minneapolis, Kia Motors is teaming up with Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S) to offer a free defensive driving school for teenage drivers and their parents.

The mission of B.R.A.K.E.S. is “to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving.” Kia Motors is the official vehicle of the program and provides vehicles for the training days. These free courses will be offered around the country through the end of the year.

During the four-hour course, teens will learn skills in five different areas with specialized exercises: Accident Avoidance/Slalom Exercise, Drop Wheel/Off Road Recovery Exercise, Distraction Exercise, Panic Stop Exercise and Car Control and Recovery Exercise.

Parents are required to accompany their teens to the event for a few different reasons. First, the organization believes it is important for parents to assume an active role in their teen’s driving education. Since parents have the opportunity to go through both the classroom setting and driving portion of the course, they have a great opportunity to continue instilling the lessons learned that day. Parents must also attend to sign liability and legal waivers that are required of their teen before they participate in the school.

Parents and teens who would like to participate in the event can register here.

Requirements for the school include:

  • Teens must be between 15-19 years old, have their driver’s permit or license and have at least 30 hours of behind the wheel driving experience

  • Driver’s permit or license for the teen attending the school

  • Dress appropriately for the weather, as classes are held outside no matter what

To learn more about the B.R.A.K.E.S. organization, visit their website.
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