WICHITA, Kan - A professional drag racer is coming to Wichita this weekend to teach teens about safe driving. Doug Herbert's two sons died in a car crash less than a mile from home in 2008. Herbert wanted to teach his sons' friends about defensive driving. Eleven years later, he's taught 40,000 teens and their parents in 44 states.
Herbert says the course uses data about what causes teens to crash. He says the biggest cause in rural states is dropping a wheel off the side of the road, then over correcting. For the majority of the class, teens are driving in a car with a professional instructor and learn how to react in different situations.
The University of North Carolina conducted a study of the driving habits of teens who took the course. "This five-year study concluded that teenagers that had been through our B.R.A.K.E.S. training are 64% less likely to be involved in a car crash. I would have been happy if the study came back and it was 1%," Herbert says. "But for it to be 64 is unbelievable."
The class requires a $99 refundable deposit. After the class, you can get your deposit back, making it a free class, or you can choose to donate it to B.R.A.K.E.S.
Classes at July 27 and 28 at the Wichita State University Metroplex. It has sessions at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.