Why do we need Alive at 25?
- Traffic crashes are the leading cause of teen fatalities, accounting for 44% of teen deaths in the U.S.
- Young drivers are involved in fatal crashes at more than twice the rate of all others.
- The first year for a newly licensed teenage driver is the most dangerous, with more than one in five involved in crashes.
- Each year nearly 6,000 teens are killed in vehicular accidents; more than 3,800 are drivers aged 15-20.
- Annually, more than 326,000 young drivers are seriously injured.
- Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving at an unsafe speed is the most common error in fatal teenage accidents.
- More than 1,000 young drivers lose their lives each year in crashes because of an impaired driver, be it themselves or someone else.
- Although this group represents about 7% of the nations’ licensed drivers, they are involved in nearly 15% of all fatal crashes.
Research shows the leading cause of young driver accidents involve one or a combination of the following factors:
- Lack of awareness to the consequences of risk-taking behavior
- Inexperience with complexities of driving
- Peers in vehicle with the youthful driver
- Driving as a social activity
- Impaired driving to due road conditions, including driving at night
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
As a young driver or passenger, you can greatly reduce your risk by taking control of the situation. Committing to learning or changing your driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense.
What happens during Alive At 25 Courses?
Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24. The National Safety Council®, a leader in driver improvement training for more than 40 years, developed DDC-Alive at 25 to specifically target drivers in this age group.
Since 1995, more than 400,000 young adults have learned life-saving defensive driving skills through DDC-Alive at 25.
This highly interactive program encourages young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Skill practices and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado to confidence.
Our DDC-Alive at 25 instructors use personal examples and even humor to get their point across. They use workbook exercises, interactive media segments, group discussions, role-playing, and short lectures to help young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safer on the road.
DDC-Alive at 25 teaches young adults that:
- People in their age group are more likely to be hurt or killed in a vehicle crash.
- Inexperience, distractions, and peer pressure cause unique driving hazards.
- Speeding, alcohol, and “party drugs” greatly increase their risk of injury or death.
- As a driver or passenger, they can greatly reduce their risk by taking control.
- Committing to changing their driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense.
When Is Alive At 25 Available?
Driver Training Services offers the Alive At 25 classroom experience monthly on Sunday afternoons. Our next session is April 14 from 12:30-4:30PM. Click here to enroll.