What makes BRAKE work so well?

BRAKE uses an evidence-based approach to effectively arm young drivers with the knowledge of their own limitations when first driving. Knowledge is the key for altering behaviour.

The BRAKE course uses advanced multimedia techniques to help teenagers to understand some fundamental facts. The BRAKE course is aimed at the young adults who are about to learn to drive. Here is some of the knowledge that the BRAKE course delivers:

  • It will take time for driving to become “automatic” – practice makes perfect and practice takes time.
  • Young people assess risks in a different way to adults. This means they do not assess dangers accurately.
  • They consistently underestimate the consequences of danger.

BRAKE has shown that young people’s driving behaviour can be modified by the correct presentation of these facts through the copyrighted BRAKE training Program.

The BRAKE program is delivered by teachers within schools who are accredited BRAKE trainers.

It is a highly empowering curriculum that changes the driving behaviour of students remarkably well.  BRAKE works best when the students, schools, parents and the community are fully engaged.


The Most Dangerous Time Of Their Lives

Drivers in their first year suffer more road trauma and death than any other group.

The graph below shows a huge spike in deaths in the first 6-12 months of P Plate driving.

This is the Danger Zone.

Some Facts To Consider

After two or three years of driving, young driver's crash rates settle down to near the adult norms. 

Australian and international research into youth driving crash statistics shows some surprising findings:

  • Television commercials using scare tactics have a high initial impact but quickly become ineffective.
  • Advanced driver training courses can make the crash rates worse (not better) for young drivers.
  • Peer group pressure has a huge impact on driving behaviour – both good and bad.
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