Group from Bennington High School attend B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Program at the Kansas Speedway…
On August 19, 2017; a group of Bennington High School students attended one of four B.R.A.K.E.S. programs presented at the Kansas Speedway. Organizations and volunteers to include: individual professional race car drivers, B.R.A.K.E.S personnel, KHP and KIA (donated vehicles) assisted in bringing this program to Kansas.
B.R.A.K.E.S. is a free Teen Pro-Active, Defensive Driving program designed for teenagers (aged 15-19) who have their learner’s permit or drivers license with at least 30 hours of driving experience. Accomplished race car drivers and skilled driving instructors traveled to Kansas to provide students with hands on experience including: collision avoidance, wheel drop off recovery exercises, panic stop exercises, and car control and recovery exercises to teach the skills necessary to maintain or regain control in wet or icy road conditions. This program was initiated by Doug Herbert (Professional NHRA Drag Racer) after loosing his two boys, Jon and James in a tragic car accident in 2008. Grief led Doug to create this driving program to help prevent other families from experiencing similar heartbreak by teaching young drivers more conscientious and confident skills behind the wheel.
Tacey Kaiser, Dylan Kaiser, Claudia Trout, Alexis Watson and Jay VanCoevern are pictured with Doug Herbert at their B.R.A.K.E.S. session on August 19.