This is IMPORTANT !
Paul, the CTS-V driver I featured a week ago, mentioned he had all his children participate in a number of autocrosses. This was to allow them to better experience how their car would handle at the limit. He has seen too many young & innocent teens killed from car handling ignorance.
This is a topic near & dear to my heart, as I have 2 driving daughters I love. I have had them experience some “beyond normal” driving instruction assistance. But I feel they would benefit from more professional instruction. Our youth need to be taught practical, real world driving skills and road safety. I’m sure we can all agree on that.
Ronn Langford lost his youngest daughter to a speeding drunk driver when she was only 18 years old. This inspired him to create the renowned MasterDrive Experience. Ronn states in the development of his driving programs teaching emphasis:
Having two daughters who had gone through the “learning to drive process”, I knew what the typical driver’s ed program was like. The problem was not what they did, but what they didn’t do. (I also knew what most parents did and didn’t do – first hand.)
There are 6,000 teens who die every year in traffic accidents, and there are 300,000 who are seriously injured. But I finally realized that even parents don’t understand the dynamics of putting a 4,000-pound car in motion and how to properly control it in a crisis. I had to develop a program to educate both parents and children, to learn experientially what is needed to learn to survive.
Locally, Harris Hill Road (H2R) is doing something about it! Last week I was looking at their website calendar. I noticed an event reserved for Saturday, December 13, 2008 titled, ‘Teen Driving School’.
I called Eric Beverding at H2R to ask for more details. He explained that this is their first tentative date for this school; it could possibly be pushed to January. Eric told me that it will be a test group, most probably a split group of 15 teens and 15 parents. They are still working on their curriculum.
The sessions and techniques they plan to utilize certainly sound worthwhile & interesting. I’m not at liberty to divulge the details, for now. Suffice it to say, the teens will understand and remember what they experience and learn at the H2R Teen Driving School. If you, like me, want to support H2R‘s efforts or would like more information, Eric would be pleased to speak with you – his card is below:
The whole point of this is for these young adults to learn & appreciate these behavioral driving methods – to internalize them to become good habits!
Racing Ready wants to help educate the public to realize the need for more of these necessary programs. I hope you will join me!