According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 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.
A driver could experience all four main causes of crashes in a single driving experience. The four main causes of crashes are:
- Poor braking/steering
- What would happen if a deer runs out into the road in front of your vehicle? How would you react? A common, yet incorrect reaction is to slam on your brakes, causing your brakes to lock-up and a loss of steering response. In this case, the driver would end up hitting the deer.
- Lack of skid control
- How do you react when your vehicle encounters a slippery surface while turning? In most cases, the tires of your vehicle will begin to lose traction. If you are unable to control the skid, your vehicle will more than likely crash into the guardrail or continue off the road, opening an entirely different can of worms.
- Improper use of eyes
- What would happen if you notice a tire on the road in front of your vehicle? Have you ever found yourself looking at the object to try an avoid it? When your eyes are focused on the tire, you instinctively steer towards it. Without proper training, you could end up hitting the tire, damaging your vehicle.
- Poor off-road recovery
- You get distracted while driving and swerve off the road. You over-correct, steering sharply toward the road in order to quickly return to the roadway. Once your tires contact the road, the angle of the tires causes you to dart across the road and crash into oncoming traffic.
Here at BSR, we offer specialized Accident Avoidance training which 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
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.