BRAKES: Free driving course for teens coming to Lowcountry

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Car accidents are the number one cause of teenage deaths. Now, a program to help prevent road deaths is coming to our area, thanks to help from Tripp Rabon’s family.

Tripp Rabon is the Summerville teen who died in a car accident, just 2 days before Christmas in 2015.

The FREE 4-hour course is coming to the Lowcountry February 4-5. There will be 2 classes on Saturday and 2 on Sunday—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. You have to pay with a check to reserve your spot, but you can take it back at the end.

News 2’s Ashley Yost talked to the founder of the B.R.A.K.E.S. program, former drag racer Doug Herbert. He lost his 2 teenage boys in a car accident and his grief drove him to start the non-profit.

During the course, teens will learn how to deal with the top causes of accidents. Instructors will teach things like—avoiding a skid, activating the anti-lock brakes and doing an emergency lane change to avoid a crash. Teens will get in the car with an instructor and live out these situations.

Herbert says their instructors teach defensive driving for the secret service and the armed forces so these guys are the best.

The class is for anyone 15-19 and at least one parent needs to attend.

CLICK HERE to sign up.

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