Every one and a half minutes, someone in the United States is injured in an automobile crash involving a young driver between the ages of fifteen and nineteen and in 2008, the accident resulted in one fatality every one hour and twenty minutes involving the same age group.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
“Drivers ed” teaches beginners how to drive. BSR’s Accident Avoidance (“AA”) training teaches already-licensed drivers, with six months driving experience, how to handle highway emergencies. So trained, BSR’s AA graduates will have the opportunity to respond instantaneously and more positively to any driving emergency. The difference can save lives.
Knowing that some highway-driving emergencies are beyond prevention and will occur, BSR has learned it is imperative that effective, specialized AA training take place on realistic highway-type road circuits. BSR’s four training circuits contrast strongly with the parking lots and public roads typically utilized in traditional “drivers ed.”
As important as the realistic venue is the necessity that instructors be skilled in accident avoidance dynamics at highway speeds.
BSR’s specialized AA training includes:
- “Swerve to avoid” maneuvers at highway speeds
- Ocular driving techniques (focus your attention on a positive goal such as an escape route, rather than a problem such as a tree or another vehicle)
- Understanding vehicle dynamics and feedback
- Skid control and recovery practice on a dedicated skid pad and on a slalom course
- Threshold braking on straights and progressive braking on curves
- Off-road recovery
For hands-on, three students and one instructor are in the car all day. Students learn and practice responses to highway emergencies, one at a time, all day. For example, the first attempted off-road recovery, poorly executed. Keep practicing with instructor help until the best proficiency is attained. Thus, throughout the day students learn and practice responses to skidding, swerving to avoid objects, threshold braking, off-road excursions, and having to brake in corners. Also taught is proper driving position and ocular driving—look where you want to go (back on the road) rather than where you’re headed (the tree).
At the end of the day, each student has a final exam consisting of a one to two-mile drive (parents in the back seat, if permitted by the student!) facing new emergencies that, however, require responses learned during the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child participate with a learner’s permit?
No, only licensed drivers are allowed to participate.
Can my child participate if he/she is under 18 years old?
Yes, but a Minor Waiver must be completed for your child.
What is the minimum age someone can participate in this course?
16 with a valid regular Driver’s License for six months. (Learner’s Permit is not acceptable.)
Is this course just for teenagers
No, everyone will learn something from this course. All are welcome to participate.