National program aims to make driving skills ‘muscle memory’ for Nebraska teens

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A national driving school came to Nebraska over the weekend to teach teens how to drive safely.

The B.R.A.K.E.S. teen proactive driving school prepares teens and their parents for different situations for potential hazards they may encounter on the road.

Statistics show that teens who complete the program are 64% less likely to have a car crash in their first three years after the course.

B.R.A.K.E.S, which stands for Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe, was founded in 2008. But this was the first time it has come to Nebraska.

It is a defensive driving program geared toward teenagers with their permit or license and 30 hours of driving experience.

Five hands-on driving courses with different exercises were offered.

The courses taught skills such as car control and recovery and crash avoidance.

“I want them to be able to form the techniques that they worked on here today, and it should just come naturally,” said B.R.A.K.E.S. Central Regional Manager Don Hughes. “We’ve put them in courses, and they are doing courses over and over and over again to build that muscle memory. So when it happens out on the road and they need to use one of these skills or techniques, it just happens.”

Over the weekend, the program taught 500 teens throughout the country.

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