Teen Driving Help

Coming to Orlando

Larry Jewett - October 01, 2013 11:06 AM


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 On October 12 and 13 and again on Nov. 2 and 3, central Florida teenagers will have a great chance to learn how to turn their driving into safer, more positive experiences. The B.R.A.K.E.S. program (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) will be visiting the region for the first time.
 The Teen Pro-Active Driving School is offered to motorists between the ages of 15 and 19 who possess a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license and have at least 30 hours of driving experience. Parents are also included in this nationally acclaimed program, which teaches enhanced levels of concentration, conscientiousness and vehicle control under the tutelage of highly skilled professional instructors.
 The Orlando schools will be held at the Manheim Auto Auction facility (Manheim Orlando). Manheim is a valued supporter of the B.R.A.K.E.S. mission and how it helps save the lives of young drivers. “We are excited to bring the B.R.A.K.E.S. program to our local high schools,” said Joan Pike, assistant manager of Manheim Auto Auction.
 B.R.A.K.E.S., a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, was founded by championship-winning drag racer Doug Herbert, who lost his two young sons, Jon and James, in a fatal car crash in 2008. Herbert sees the upcoming schools in Orlando as another indication of how valuable and beneficial these programs have become in keeping kids safe when behind the wheel.
 “We’re proud to say we’ve seen over 10,000 teenagers successfully complete the Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools,” said Herbert. “How many lives have been saved thanks to those youngsters going through our program is anyone’s guess. We feel that if just one teenager uses what they’ve learned with us and avoids a serious or fatal accident, that’s worth plenty. We’re really looking forward to a big turnout in Orlando and we encourage any parents with teenage drivers to get registered.”
 Eight Teen Pro-Active Driving School sessions are planned for Orlando’s October and November dates with both morning and afternoon classes available. Registration is available online at Classes usually fill up first, so advance registration ensures participation.
 For further information on the program or to make a tax-deductible contribution, visit