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Alive at 25 course educates at-risk drivers

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | | September 12, 2012

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Alive at 25 course educates at-risk drivers

Nathan L. Hanks Jr.

Public Affairs Specialist

Every year, young drivers are involved in more than 6 million collisions, resulting in 14,000 fatalities, according to the National Security Council website.

To help curb this statistic, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany sponsors the Alive at 25 course to teach young drivers proper driving techniques and how to react to other drivers. The class is held once a month for drivers, ages 15 to 26. The next class is scheduled for Sept. 21

“Alive at 25 is no longer taught during recruit training, so it is mandatory for Marines and Sailors to take the class at their first duty stations,” said Wes Taliaferro, Alive at 25 instructor. “The majority of the Marines in the Corps are between the ages of 18-26.”

The course is also open to family members of Reservists, Civilian-Marines, National Guard, Non-appropriated Fund employees and retirees.

Course attendees may also qualify for an insurance discount, according to Taliaferro.

Through interactive media segments, workbook exercises, role playing and more, young drivers develop awareness and strategies that will keep them safe on the road.

The course addresses the No. 1 cause of death for young drivers - motor vehicle crashes. During the four-hour course, young motorists learn why drivers often underestimate risks, the dangers of driving with your knees, state and local driving laws, communication skills for assertiveness, responsibility of passengers and the effects of inexperience, peer pressure and distractions such as cell phones, text messaging, MP3 players and GPS units.

Alive at 25 also serves as a standard driver education program for young drivers who incur traffic violations.

Rachel Crew attended the Alive at 25 class held at the Civilian Human Resources Office-Southeast, Aug. 16. She was required to re-take the class for insurance purposes due to a recent car accident.

“When I was 16 years old, I thought I knew everything about driving,” she said. “I have learned more now in this class than I did when I took the class four years ago.”

Crew said the class addressed compensating for drivers with bad habits, increasing following distances between two vehicles and how to adjust speed in not so ideal conditions.

Traffic crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens and although young drivers only represent 13 percent of all licensed drivers, they cause 28 percent of all traffic crashes and 24 percent of all fatal crashes, according to http://www.nsc.org/products_training/Pro-ducts/Motor%20VehicleSafety/Pages/Teen-Driving.aspx.


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