National Teen Driver Safety Week will be held Oct. 18-24 with the goal of encouraging parents to talk with their teens about safe driving habits.
According to TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov (TSM), “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S.”
TSM provides some grim facts. In 2013, 2,614 teen passenger vehicle drivers ages 15-19 were involved in fatal crashes, and about 130,000 were injured. But, according to a recent survey, only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their children:
Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, seat belts, texting, speeding, and extra passengers.
Testing Parents of Teen Drivers
DriveSafe, a driving school with many Colorado locations, is inviting the parents of teens who will soon be driving to take a free Mock Drive Test between October 18-24 in honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week. The school, which educates students about safe choices when driving, wants to educate parents about the role they play in helping teens to become safe drivers.
Most safe driving campaigns aimed at parents focus on things that parents should ‘tell’ their children. We believe that the safe habits parents ‘demonstrate’ are much more persuasive.
Parents’ Driving Habits Evaluated
It takes about 15 minutes to take the Mock Drive Test. After parents take the test, their driving performance on the test is evaluated by a driving instructor. The instructor is especially interested in parents’ old driving habits — habits that could lead to failure of a license test or even cause an accident. These habits, picked up unconsciously over the years, might include steering technique, search patterns, lane changing, and where where the driver stops at a stop sign.
“These are just a few aspects of driving where many drivers have forgotten or never learned the proper techniques that will help them stay safe on the road,” Baron said. And when a parent has bad driving habits, he or she is likely to pass those over to their impressionable teens.
Scheduling a Test
DriveSafe has locations in Conifer, Denver, Evergreen, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Kent Denver, Louisville/Boulder, Morrison/Lakewood, SE Aurora, Westminster, and Wheat Ridge/Arvada. Parents can schedule their free Mock Drive Test by calling (301) 721-8881, or by going to www.DriveSafeColorado.com.