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Father turns pain into driving lessons for teens

Posted at 4:35 AM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 09:12:10-04

CHANDLER, AZ — It is a part of your children growing up: driving. But, handing off those keys and watching them hit the road can be difficult for any parent.

Have you taught them everything to keep them safe?

To help give them tools and to give parents peace of mind, there is a defensive driving course for teenagers happening in Chandler next weekend.

It is also not a typical driver's education course.

A lot of things gone over in this B.R.A.K.E.S. driving course are geared toward situations that teens are bound to drive into behind the wheel.

It includes showing them how to react if something jumps out in front of their car, driving in a monsoon, and more.

It is a part of a four-hour curriculum that is put together by a father who turned pain into a purpose for your family.

That pain coming from a call Doug Herbert received in Arizona back in January of 2008.

"I was in Phoenix and their mom called me and told me that John and James had been in an accident," Herbert explains on the company's website. "And that she thought they might be dead."

At the time, Herbert was a decorated professional drag racer. He was in Phoenix competing.

But, back in his home of North Carolina, his two sons were treating the roadway as a race track of their own.

"He was driving recklessly," Herbert said on the website. "He was swerving through traffic and he was going too fast and lost control of the car... From everything that I understand, they were killed instantly..."

Next week, Herbert is returning to the place where he got that life-changing phone call to teach that defensive driving course for free. He is trying to ensure that no other family gets the same type of call.

"It's just changing the behavior and awareness about what's going on," Herbert explained to ABC15 via Skype. "And I think we're getting the teenagers to realize how much parents care about them."

Herbert said they have trained over 35,000 teenagers across the country since 2008.

"Knowing that my two boys have prompted that change and have been able to save other families...that's worth it," Herbert said.

The courses on April 13th and 14th are full.

But, parents can sign up for a waitlist.

The course is free. In order to hold your spot, there is a $99 deposit.

Click here for more information.