National teen defensive driving program BRAKES (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) has partnered with Shape Corp. to present free advanced training sessions in Grand Haven over the weekend of September 25-26.
Training sessions will be held at Shape Corp., 14600 172nd Ave. Registration can be done online at https://bit.ly/2WbTD3Q.
“As a leader in developing impact energy management solutions for the automotive industry, we have truly connected to this program,” said Randy Pappal, VP of Purchasing, Channel. procurement and business development for Shape. “We see the significant value in helping teach practical and safe driving behaviors for real-life scenarios. Overall, the program benefits our communities across the country.
Using vehicles supplied by Kia Motors, the BRAKES program provides teens with comprehensive behind-the-wheel training from professional trainers, including current and former law enforcement officers and professional racing drivers, teaching teens and their parents how to be safer on the road. .
Exercises include distracted driving awareness, emergency braking, collision avoidance, freewheel/off-road recovery, and car control/skid recovery.
Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, ending more lives every day than murder, suicide or disease. Statistics show that BRAKES graduates are 64% less likely to have an accident in their first three years of driving.
The 501(c)(3) charity was founded by multiple-time Top Fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert in honor of his two sons, Jon and James, who lost their lives in an accident. car accident in 2008. Herbert turned this personal tragedy into a rescue mission that trained more than 45,000 teenagers across the country.
The training programs will take place on Saturday, September 25, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, September 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The support of business partners such as Shape Corp. is invaluable in the incredible growth of our program,” said Herbert. “We deeply appreciate Shape Corp.’s role in bringing these training sessions to teens and parents in Grand Haven, especially as we expand our presence in Michigan in 2021 as well as in the years to come.”