The Newnan Times-Herald


Defensive driving course offered locally for teens

  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Oct. 19, 2017 - 9:03 PM

Sometimes it’s not enough to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel – you have to watch out for the other guy, too.

That’s why Abby’s Angels Foundation, which aims to raise awareness about texting and driving and other distractions, sponsors hands-on instruction for teens and parents to teach accident avoidance and safe driving techniques through Fear This 4 Life.

The eight-hour Teen Vehicle Operations Course, designed and taught by police officers, is offered monthly in Coweta County thanks to the foundation, created to honor the memory of Abby Bacho after the 9-year-old was killed in a 2012 wreck caused by a distracted teenage driver.

Abby’s mother, Natalie, said current driver’s education is not sufficient training for a generation of teenagers who have never known a time without electronic devices.

“One of the things I would love to see is that driver’s ed be completely overhauled,” Bacho said. “It needs to be a defensive class, too.”

A behind-the-wheel program for parents and new drivers, Fear This 4 Life is offered to teens ages 15-18 who have valid learner’s or driver’s licenses. A parent or legal guardian is required to attend the course, which includes a classroom session and a hands-on training session, with the teens. Upcoming sessions will be Nov. 9 at Newnan First United Methodist Church (class) and Nov. 12 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds (hands-on).

The class is designed to give young drivers the skills to prevent accidents, potentially saving their lives and the lives of others on the road with them, according to Bacho.

For information or to register, visit or call Woodrow Gaines at 770-823-7823.