Alive at 25

Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council and is designed to prevent the Number 1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. Alive at 25 is currently taught at Fort Mill high school by a Fort Mill Police Officer. 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:Alive at 25

  • 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

About the Course

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.

Behaviors

  • 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
  • Driving law review-local and traffic 
  • Experience sharing with peers
  • Inexperience, distractions, and peer pressure cause unique driving hazards
  • Interactive video participation
  • People in their age group are more likely to be hurt or killed in a vehicle crash
  • Risk identification
  • Role-playing in various driving situation
  • Speeding, alcohol, and "party drugs" greatly increase their risk of death