According to the Allstate Foundation Chronic Survey, every year between 5,000 and 6,000 teenagers died in car accidents and additional 300,000 are injured annually. In attempt to try to prevent the unnecessary deaths of our young drivers, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) has approved an advance safety and collision avoidance program that uses real life situations within a controlled environment. The program is called Drive2Survive.
The Drive2Survive program teaches both new and experienced drivers the skills needed to anticipate unexpected emergency situations to minimize collisions and bodily injury in the event of a crash. It is currently the only licensed advanced driving program approved by the MVA.
Drive2Survive is an 8 hour program which consists of 6 hours of driving and 2 hours of classroom instruction. The classroom instructions shows presentation of car crashes and teaches on how to avoid accidents or minimize the damage if a crash is unavoidable.
Since 2004, Toyota has sponsored the program and has donated cars to use for the course. So far, about 800 teenage drivers have taken the course. Drive2Survive are scheduled monthly at RFK Stadium, Maryland State Police headquarters in Pikesville, and Patuxent River Webster air base.