“Guard Your Life Challenge” teaches Upstate teens safe driving

Guard your life challenge - Classroom portion

GREER, SC (WSPA) – Dozens of Upstate teens learned how to become safer drivers during a safety program at BMW Driving School in Greer.

As part of the Guard Your Life Challenge teen driver safety program, about 30 teenagers got a chance to tackle three different driving courses to learn how to be safe behind the wheel.

The courses covered emergency braking, distance driving, and slid recovery.

Before they got behind the wheel, students spent time in the classroom learning about everything from new technology in cars to crash statistics for teen drivers.

The program was started by the Humphries family, who lost their daughter, Victoria, in a car crash in July 2012.

“We had Victoria’s funeral, and the family was sitting around the church afterwards, and we just thought nobody should feel this way, nobody should have to go through this, or have to experience this,” says John Humphries, Victoria’s father.

The first course was launched in December 2012, and since then, more than 900 Upstate teens have completed the program.

“It was a lot of fun, I actually did this two years ago,” says Riverside High School student Cooper Reynolds. “Recently I hydroplaned, and this same thing helped me out a lot. It just kept me on the road.”

The classes are held four times a year, the next class is scheduled for March.

For more information on the classes, visit www.guardyourlifechallenge.com.