BRAKES’ goal is one with which all dealers regardless of brand or size can agree: to make teens better drivers by teaching them not just the rules of the road, but vehicle dynamics as well.
Fiat Chrysler and its Mopar parts and service brand brought BRAKES to suburban Detroit this weekend, putting about 200 teen drivers through a series of behind-the-wheel maneuvers to improve their driving and teach them proper vehicle operation. Parents were also shown the lessons in accident avoidance, proper braking, driver distraction and skid control.
In most states, public and private driver education programs have been whittled to the barest of necessities, teaching students how to pass state licensing exams and making sure they can pilot a car around the block.
The results of these cuts are staggering: Accident statistics cited by BRAKES say that 89 percent of teenage drivers will be involved in a collision within three years of getting their license.