Sadly, automobile crashes continue to be the #1 cause of death and injuries for teens in the U.S. Many of these crashes are preventable.
Many parents are encouraging their teens to wait until 18 to learn to drive but is that really the best approach? The answer is simple.
It bothers me when people fight new laws just for the sake of it. Some laws are really there to save lives and isn’t that a good thing?
Teens can learn to drive by enrolling in a driving school. The “3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive” Program encourages teens to learn to drive with a professional instructor. But parents are also needed to reinforce the lessons through structured practice with their teens.
Learning how to drive a car from an instructor is a good start but parents must provide additional practice if their teen is to learn to drive safely.
Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event
Teens must learn to drive while avoiding distractions. The CDC found the UK has fewer distracted teen drivers. They learn to drive and avoid distractions.
If you have a teen trying to learn to drive (or a teen who will be learning to drive soon) take advantage of the “Alive at 25” Parent Program by Midas.
Seatbelts can serve other purposes
Teens may learn to drive safely but to stay safe their car must also be in safe condition. It’s is one less thing for teens learning to drive to worry about.