The Truth About Teen Driving

The moment that your teen passes their driving test for the first time, your heart sinks. Sure, you want your teenager to go out into the world as a first-time driver well-equipped and ready to take on any challenges that come their way. Before you send your teen out on the road for the first time with a new license, this is an article you’ll want to read. It will to explore the sordid history of teen driving and provide real-life tips that you can use to reduce risk the next time your teen gets behind the wheel.

Every parent and teen should see this animated article on teen driving developed by Chris Clark for Full coverage Auto Insurance Co.
www.fullcoverageautoinsurances.com/truth-about-teen-driving
 

Beginning Drivers, What can Parents Do...

When parents understand the risk factors involved in letting 16 year olds get behind the wheel, they can act to improve the situation for their own children.

 
Allow your teenager with a permit as much supervised driving time as possible
Be aware of the high risk when your novice licensed driver wants friends in the car. Allow only one   teenage passenger with your child for at least the first 6 months of licensed driving. Don't assume  that your teenager drives with their friends the same way they drive with you.
With or without a curfew law, prohibit late night driving that's unsupervised.
Don't assume that your teenager is using the seatbelt just because they use it when driving with you
Choose safe cars. Avoid performance cars for novice drivers.
Prohibit ANY drinking and driving

 

Three Factors that work together to make the teen years so deadly for young drivers
 
1. Inexperience: All young drivers start out with very little knowledge or understanding of the complexities of driving a motor vehicle. Like any other skill, learning to drive well takes technical ability, good judgment and experience. These skills are needed to properly make the many continuous decisions, small and large, that add up to safe driving. This is why it is so necessary for them to practice with an adult in all kinds of conditions, before and after they get their license.
2. Risk taking behavior and immaturity Adolescent impulsiveness is a natural behavior, but it results in poor driving judgment and participation in high risk behaviors such as speeding, inattention, drinking and driving, and not using a seatbelt. Peer pressure also encourages risk taking.
3. Greater risk exposure Teens often drive at night with other teens in the vehicle - factors that increase crash risk Statistics show that one in four teens will have a crash in their first year of driving

 


Parents, are you dreading having those  practice driving sessions with your teenage permit driver? Check out this website. They have a DVD – A parent’s guide to teaching teens to drive. MSD is not promoting this DVD, but it appears to be a good resource.
http://drivesaferidesafe.com

Another resource for having your teen and/or yourself  as well trained as possible, you may want to check into Dakota County Technical College’s Accident Avoidance & Safe Driving Course: an 8 hour  one day course. Click on to their website for more information:  www.dctc.edu/go/driving

A BLOG FOR PARENTS OF TEEN DRIVERS from a dad whose recently licensed son died in a crash caused by his son’s inexperience.  This dad wants other parents to learn what he learned too late to help his son to be a better driver www.fromreidsdad.org

It is important for parents to be actively involved with their child’s driver education program and to pick a program that has a parent component. Parents need to know the Graduated Drivers Licensing laws, and how to guide their teens through the innate dangers experienced during the first years by novice driving.

The Driver’s Ed program below is just one of many good programs, but it is one that MSD provides a very thought provoking, real life program by providing speakers who have experienced life changing crashes they have either caused, been involved in as a victim or had a family member killed or injured. This presentation can be a very good springboard for conversation with your student.

AAA Driving School - Minneapolis
Quality driving instruction provides the foundation new drivers need for safe driving. AAA Minneapolis offers a comprehensive novice driver program to help prepare your teen to get behind the wheel.

Four-part Novice Driver package program

  • Classroom
  • Parent Night
  • Driver Impact Panel  (presented by Minnesotans for Safe Driving and designed for New Drivers)
  • Behind-the-Wheel Training

For Location/Dates and further information contact 952-927-2602 or online at AAA.com/Driving School
http://minneapolis.aaa.com/safety-novice-classes.asp

 

The Right Time to Talk to teens about driving and what responsibility Parents have to their teens about their driving and vice versa.

http://www.autoinsurance.us/extra-features/teen-driving-contract.html. This website has a very interesting parent contract with their teen along with the teen contract with their parent.