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What People Are Saying....

"In Control's Crash Prevention Training School provides a powerful learning experience in a controlled environment. Young drivers gain confidence and a better understanding of how cars handle in real-life situations. Parents can be assured that safe driving behaviors are reinforced throughout the course." 
- MADD Massachusetts 

"We seek to produce veteran drivers - even before they are granted a license. In fact, the subcommittee also recommends that young driver's should be encouraged to attend an advanced driver training course in lieu of some of the above requirements.

Advanced driver training is a course offered at several locations throughout the Commonwealth that teaches teenagers to become safety conscious drivers. These courses are taught by experienced drivers who instruct students on the proper methods of steering control, speed control, hazard perception and teach proper decision making techniques and risk-taking assessment.

Programs such as these provide valuable, life-long tools for young drivers and the subcommittee supports their use. Knowing that parents are frequently pre-occupied with other pursuits, the subcommittee feels that this provides sufficient means to train ones child without being forced to choose between another perhaps equally important task. " 
- Massachusetts House of Representatives Safety Committee 

Most of all, I liked the real life, hands-on driving experience that the course provided along with the classroom lessons.  Gaining that first-hand knowledge was invaluable for myself and my teenage son.  Being able to do a "panic stop" in a safe, closed-course environment was really helpful. Experiencing what it feels like to hit the brake when you are driving at full speed, understanding what the car should feel like and learning what to do in that situation will better prepare my son for his future driving experiences. I thought that the ratio of classroom time to in-car time was a perfect mix. Because of this format, teenagers/first time drivers and adults alike are able to understand and practice the skills that will keep them safe behind the wheel.  Overall, my experience with the In Control program far exceeded both my expectations and those of my son.  After the session, my son said, "This was AWESOME!!"

Bob Sweeney
Director of Development
Boston Bruins Foundation

"Teens face a myriad of health concerns, but accidents, particularly driving accidents, are the number one health risk to this population. Both the CDC and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration have released statistics that demonstrated that there are more teen deaths from accidents than from all other areas combined. Concerted efforts in this area need to be addressed and the "IN CONTROL" program is the only one that I have seen that helps teens learn how to handle a vehicle safely in the most demanding and potentially dangerous driving situations." 
- Anne Fagan
Director of Physical Education and Health
Milton Public Schools 

"I took In Control's program with some of my students at Hingham High. This is one of the greatest public safety initiatives I've ever seen. The kids loved it, but more importantly, their driving skills increased exponentially." 
- Karen Beatty
Health Teacher & Curriculum Director
Hingham High School 

"My 16-year-old daughter took a crash prevention training course with In Control Crash Prevention Training. It transformed her confidence and skill in handling a car, and gave her a very real sense of the risks drivers face. Best money I've spent in a long time." 
- William D. Wharton
Commonwealth School, Boston 

"Thank you for your continued efforts to provide supplemental quality driver training for teenage drivers. Co-operative Insurance respectfully recognizes your initiative to make advanced driver education available to teenagers throughout Massachusetts. Based on the company's data and from the numerous testimonials of participants, the company is extremely confident that this type of advanced training makes a difference especially with inexperienced drivers. If Massachusetts were to adopt an advanced driver training program we are very confident that the results will be very positive. It is our opinion that Massachusetts, due to its large population base of youthful drivers, has a golden opportunity to change the way the nation approaches driver training for teenagers.

I recommend that the decision-makers involved in adopting an advanced driver training program in Massachusetts take the course and experience first hand the impact it has on all drivers, especially teenagers. On a personal note, I have participated in the training and it truly made me a believer of this type of training. As a parent of a child that will be driving in a few years there is no question that she will be receiving this training prior to obtaining full access to a vehicle. I am sure that compassionate state leaders concerned for the safety of our young people will agree with our view following their participation.

If there is anything else I can do for you please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for your efforts to make the roads safer and to help families avoid the pain and sorrow of a tragic youthful auto crash." 
- Jeffrey J Vigne, CPCU, AIC, CIC
Product Development Manager
Co-operative Insurance Companies 

"The Crash Prevention Training course should be mandated as a necessary component of the Junior Operators licensing requirement." 
- Chief Jim Thomas
Weymouth, MA Police Department 

"Having seen the In Control's program first hand with a group of Milton High kids, I am positively convinced that Crash Prevention Training is one of the greatest public safety initiatives to come along in a long while." 
- Chief Kevin Mearn
Milton, MA Police Department 

"I highly recommend the In-Control Crash Prevention Training Course for first line police Supervisors and Officers. It provides participants the opportunity to actually put into practice controlled braking and turning movements in a safe environment. The ability for officers to feel how the vehicle reacts in extreme braking and turning maneuvers allows them to know the limits of the vehicle. In my opinion, this program provides a level of training that will greatly reduce accidents in patrol operations. Thanks again to you and the rest of your team for a very informative and worthwhile training experience." 
- Chief Brian Patullo
Andover, MA Police Department 

"I firmly believe that every student driver will benefit from a hands-on course that shows them the physical limits of vehicle and operator in crash avoidance situations. All other drivers will benefit as well by becoming less likely to be part of novice driver crash data. Parents will know that they have taken advantage of every opportunity to prepare their child for the road ahead!" 
- Captain Taylor Mills
Hingham, MA Police Department 

"I believe this program would have benefited my son. In Control's training is outstanding in preparing drivers for responding to potential hazards. My daughter and I took the course after my son's accident and it taught me so many things, like how to be comfortable with emergency braking, the proper use of ABS brakes and steering control, emergency lane changing and skid control. The tailgating drill was especially significant because I learned first hand about reaction times. I don't tailgate any more." 

- Peter Greene
Parent whose son is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter 

"In Drivers Ed they showed us videos of cars doing these things and we all felt we could handle the situation if it happened to us, but sitting behind the wheel was completely different. You can feel the cars limitations if you take a curve too wide or go even two MPH too fast." 
 - James Drew, 17
Hingham, MA 

"This training made me realize that I'm not as good a driver as I thought I was." 
- Harrison Biggs, 17
West Newbury, MA 

"In the first six months with my license I had four crashes. Then I took your program and six months later have had no more, not even close. I'm very safe!" 
- Patrick Blye, 18
Weymouth, MA 

"Mitchell and I would like to thank you all for the great day. We both came away with greater knowledge of not only how to prevent getting into dangerous driving situations but how to control and possibly avoid becoming just another statistic. The tailgating exercise was the best exercise of all. I find it amazing how few people understand the dangers of this behavior." 
- Tom Chisholm
Milton, MA 

"I was very impressed with your program. I have tried to incorporate all of your defensive driving tips, beginning with paying more attention to maintaining a safe distance from the car ahead. Also I have modified my steering wheel and hand position in accordance with what I learned. Overall, it was a very good experience proving that you can teach old dogs at least a few tricks." 
- David Mulhern
Portsmouth, NH 

"The program was very helpful, and we've told many of our friends about the experience. We still talk about the woman who stopped 20 yards ahead of the control car in the tailgating exercise. She never even saw the car stop. Really scary. Her comment: 'I only took Driver's Ed. I never had any other behind-the-wheel training with my parents or anyone else.' Clearly, the system needs more, and it's great you provide it." 
- Sally Mulhern
Portsmouth, NH 

"The "hands on" aspect was the most valuable piece for me. There is nothing that compares to feeling the car and the effects you get from the exercises. As a parent, this program is great I will recommend it to every parent I know." 
- Steve Biggs
West Newbury, MA 

Police Training Feedback 

"The instructors were excellent. I feel all police officers should be mandated to take this class." 
- Officer Lisa Donelan
Abington, MA Police Department

"Overall I had fun and learned a lot. I was impressed with the knowledge and patience of the instructors. They gave lots of feedback and created an environment where improvement occurred quickly." 
- Officer Ryan O’Shea
Hingham, MA Police Department 

"It was helpful to have the informative classroom, but then to practice what was taught." 
- Officer Dawn Larkin
Weymouth, MA Police Department 

"I thought the material was relevant to our daily activities, liked the structure of the teaching (classroom-hands on-classroom), and felt the instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful." 
- Officer Brian Coakley
Rockland, MA Police Department 

"The most valuable aspect was learning about braking distance and reaction time." 
- Officer William Cuff
Weymouth, MA Police Department 

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