AAA Offers Tips To Parents During National Teen Driver Safety Week

Law enforcement, safety groups remind teens to stay safe behind the wheel

AAA says parents should talk to their teen drivers about not drinking and driving, the importance of buckling up, keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, following the speed limit and avoid driving while exhausted. "Keeping a cool head on the road starts with a strategy and a plan - that's where Michelin's resources for coaching your teen driver can help", said Emmitt Smith.

Trooper Crittenden said some of the causes in teen crashes include not using a seat belt, alcohol and drug use, and distracted driving. "We believe that we can reduce these high crash rates through education, engineering, and enforcement for all of the risks that face teen drivers". Among teens with a license, that number is much higher-67 percent (verses 50 percent with just a permit). "AAA supports efforts to extend the amount of time teens spend on the road during their probationary period in an effort to protect them, their passengers and other motorists". Show you take driving seriously.

In particular, well over half are concerned about accidents (77 percent) and other aggressive drivers (53 percent) on the road. The theme for the week is: "The Haunting Reality of Teen Driving".

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Although technology can't wipe away all of these concerns, there are connected vehicle devices that can help to ease them with tools such as hands-free calling, crash detection and roadside assistance. Talk with your teen about personal responsibility, ability to follow rules and any other concerns before beginning the learning-to-drive process. NHTSA data shows that over 50 percent of teen drivers killed in vehicle crashes were unbelted in 2016, as were more than 60 percent of teen passengers who perished. Nationally in 2015, nearly one out of five teen passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is hosting the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. When teens begin driver's education, many states and localities now require parents to attend informational meetings.

The program increases the amount of time teens are required to spend in gaining experience behind the wheel under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Luckily connected auto technology is available to monitor young drivers and ensure that they are practicing safe driving no matter who they are with. The simple act of buckling up before embarking on a drive could save your teen's life or help prevent injuries. All states have instituted stricter guidelines with varying degrees of severity for teen drivers since the 1990s.

But not all technology is a threat to teens' behind-the-wheel performance.

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