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xcel 12-20-2012 03:28 PM

Kia Provides the Rio for Teen Defensive Driving Instruction
The Teen-driving safety program includes a distracted driving module, ABS braking, evasive maneuvering and skid-control exercises.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 20, 2012

The very affordable B-Segment Kia Rio will be the mule to get teens up to speed… Safely up to speed that is.

Kia is partnering with B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro Active Driving Course to provide more than 150 teenagers ranging in ages 15 1/2 to 19 with advanced driver training to respond to real-world driving conditions. Kia will provide a fleet of 2013 Kia Rios for the instruction at no cost in an effort to prevent injuries and save lives by educating teens and their parents about the importance of responsible driving habits.

Of the 32,000 + roadway fatalities that occur on US roadways each year, 5,000 of those are teenagers. To combat this, Kia donation of Rio’s and B.R.A.K.E.S. behind the wheel education is a great approach to reducing the number of accidents and thus lowering the already horrendous fatality rate that those in the under 20 group suffer while behind the wheel or as passengers with a teen behind the wheel.

As it stands, just over 1 in 10,000 will die in a traffic accident this year and that number is simply too high :(

Michael Sprague, Kia Executive VP, Marketing & Communications:

“Reinforcing the importance of responsible driving in the first few months of licensure is essential to reducing the number of teen motor vehicle crashes and making the roads safer for everyone.”
According to Kia, B.R.A.K.E.S. is a 501 c3 charity based in Charlotte, N.C., has provided safe driving instruction courses for more than 8,000 students in the U.S. and Canada. The school offers nearly four hours of hands-on training and a very low student-instructor ratio to ensure personal attention. The curriculum includes an array of defensive driving techniques and raises awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Parents participate in the courses alongside their teens to ensure safe driving techniques are reinforced.

Training in detail
  • Accident Avoidance/Slalom: The two-part course simulates an animal or object jumping out in front of a car. It forces students to make a split second reaction to help negotiate a quick, evasive lane change without losing control. Students must navigate their vehicle around cones while focusing on weight transfer, hand positioning and eye scanning.

  • Distracted Driving demonstrates the danger that cell phones, text messaging, and other distractions can pose.

  • Drop Wheel/Off Road Recovery module teaches students how to effectively recover from a drop-wheel situation by regaining control of the car and safely returning to the roadway.

  • Panic Stop: Teens often lack good judgment when following vehicles ahead. The panic stop course instructs students on proper techniques to help stop a vehicle in the shortest distance while maintaining control. Students experience firsthand the effects of ABS and its ability to help keep the wheels from locking while pulsating brake pressure.

  • Car Control and Recovery: A wet skid pad simulates maintaining control on moist roads. Students learn how to recover from both over-steer (rear wheel) and under-steer (front wheel) skids.
While I do not have a schedule for the group, if I see one, I will update the thread.

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