Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council and is designed to prevent the #1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. Alive at 25 is taught by off-duty Deputy Sheriffs and Municipal Police Officers. The course is delivered in one 4.5 hour program which focuses on the behaviors and decision-making paradigms that young drivers and passengers display behind the wheel. Instructors hold candid conversations with students about what can happen if they practice risky behavior or make other poor decisions in an automobile.
These behaviors and their implications are explored in-depth through a combination of subject discussions and interactive teaching tools including:
• Risk identification
• Interactive video participation
• Experience sharing with peers
• Role-playing in various driving situations
• Driving law review-local and traffic
Teaching sessions include:
- Session 1: “Are You a Potential Statistic?” — Helps young adult drivers recognize that they are more likely than anyone else to be injured or killed in a vehicle crash
- Sessions 2: “Recognize the Hazard!” — Identifies the two types of driving hazards as well as the poor judgments and unnecessary risks young adult drivers take in a vehicle
- Session 3: “Understand the Defense” — Shows young adults that they have control in most driving situations. Also identifies the steps they can take to gain and keep control, whether they are a driver or passenger
- Session 4: “Act Correctly, Time” — Encourages the commitment to changing driving behavior
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.
• In a recent study by the Colorado State Patrol, 93% of
DDC- Alive at 25 participants said they would change their driving behavior afterwards.
• Courts and schools nationwide use DDC-Alive at 25 in their
graduated license and violator programs.
This highly interactive 4.5 hour 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.
Alive at 25 instructors make their points by using personal examples and even humor. 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
• Speeding, alcohol, and "party drugs" greatly increase their
risk of 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.
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