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Kia and B.R.A.K.E.S. Training Teens During Distracted Driver Awareness Month

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April is National Distracted Driving Month, and a time to reflect on some sobering statistics—like the fact that car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the United States. To help reduce the number of tragedies caused by teen car accidents, Kia Motors of America is continuing to team with the non-profit B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School to provide free advanced driving training to hundreds of teens and their parents nationwide. (A full list of cities and dates is available below).

Over 15,000 teens have graduated from B.R.A.K.E.S.’ intensive half-day training course program, and an additional 300 teens are set to participate in the month of April. The experience includes a distracted driving exercise, emergency braking using the anti-lock brake system (ABS), skid-control practice, and evasive maneuvering. Kia acts as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School.

“Kia is dedicated to making roads safer and giving back to the communities we call home,” said Michael Sprague, Kia Motors America executive vice president of sales and marketing.  “We are determined to help reduce the number of distracted driving accidents by working with B.R.A.K.E.S. to provide teens with the tools they need to be safer, better trained drivers behind the wheel.”

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The B.R.A.K.E.S. Training Curriculum includes course on Accident Avoidance/Slalom, Brop Wheel/Off Road Recovery, Panic Stop, Car Control and Recovery, and Distracted Driving.

“B.R.A.K.E.S. prepares teens for the hazardous conditions they will face while on the road by instilling good decisions into their muscle memory,” said Doug Herbert, NHRA Top Fuel drag racer and founder of B.R.A.K.E.S. “Kia’s support of B.R.A.K.E.S. has helped us scale up our efforts and increase the number of teens that receive hands-on training.  Working together, we aim to reduce the number of teen deaths as a result of automobile accidents.”

Kia released this list of upcoming B.R.A.K.E.S. training dates today, and you can reserve your spot at one here.

April 11 – April 12 in Concord, North Carolina

April 25 – April 26 in Pomona, California

April 25 – April 26 in Raleigh, North Carolina

May 16 – May 17 at Alameda Point, California

June 6 – June 7 in Concord, North Carolina

July 11 – July 12 in Pomona, California

Aug. 1 – Aug. 2 in Manheim, Pennsylvania

Aug. 22 –  Aug. 23 in Concord, North Carolina

Sept. 26 – Sept. 27 in Concord, North Carolina

Oct. 3 – Oct. 4 in Ocoee, Florida

Oct. 17 – Oct. 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina

Oct. 24 – Oct. 25 in Concord, North Carolina

Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 in Epping, New Hampshire

Nov. 14 – Nov. 15 in Concord, North Carolina

Nov. 21 – Nov. 22 in Commerce, Georgia

Dec. 5 – Dec. 6 in Concord, North Carolina

Dec. 19 – Dec. 20 in Pomona, California