MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- Car crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths in America, so Memphis International Raceway is teaming up with a professional driver to teach kids the rules of the road.
Former drag racing champion Dough Herbert established the brakes program in 2008. It stands for be responsible and keep everyone safe.
Since the program’s inception, Herbert has trained more than 40,000 teens to drive safer. Teens who have taken the course are 64 percent less likely to get into a car crash. The program has a 3 to 1 student to teacher ration and Herbert found lots of qualified people to help with the school.
“You never know that if you are saving a kids life but they are learning things that they will have that ability to know what to do if something happens you know we put them in a bad situation in a controlled environment so that you have an idea what to do if and when it happens on the road,” said former drag racer, Clay Millican, from Millington, TN.
The course helps teach drivers how to handle a car in the rain, what to do if one wheel drops off the road and how to avoid crashes.