Masterdrive program works |

Masterdrive program works

Mike Cockrell

Most of us think we know how to drive, and most adults, having driven for years, do. But, will we react appropriately when a sudden situation or event – while on the road – places us, our passengers and our vehicle in immediate and severe peril? Few of us can offer an unequivocal “yes” to this question. Captain Ron Prater, Colorado State Patrol, tells me there were nearly 43,000 road accidents (all kinds) in the state last year, with 12,000 of them resulting in serious injury and 736 people dying.

Masterdrive instructs teens, adults, ambulance, fire and police personnel in techniques focusing on avoiding crashes with superior defensive driving skills. Instruction is based on developing psychomotor skills in a series of driving exercises simulating real-world conditions.

The objective is control of your vehicle, especially in emergency situations. I have reacted poorly in certain situations; old, learned reactions rather than correct response. Skid recovery, spin control, crash avoidance, vehicle dynamics and control, braking systems and tires, and even how our brains process information are all part of these hands-on, in car courses.

The goal of Masterdrive courses is improvement in driver response to all situations, resulting in more confident, capable and mature drivers, leading to a safer driving environment for everyone.

Masterdrive is offering an adult, one-day training on June 19, and a two-day teen course June 22 and 23. Consider: Avoiding an accident, even a fender-bender, will more than pay for the cost of your insurance deductible, not counting the cost, pain and possible disability from serious injury. Contact Beverly at the Summit Prevention Alliance for more information at (970) 668-2077. The Masterdrive Web site is

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