Educating Teen Drivers in the Connected Car Age

More than 5000 teens were surveyed to help us better understand teens' driving attitudes and behaviors. Each state sets parameters throughout a multi-stage licensing process for young drivers, such as times of day they can drive and how many passengers they can carry. "It is important that we equip them with the right knowledge and provide them with the rules that will ensure they stay safe on the road", said New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky. "If you're a parent, guardian, or mentor to a teen driver, lead by example and encourage them to put the phone down and focus on the road".

Other programs for teen driver safety include 15 Minutes, Impact Teen Drivers, among others. Having recently taught my son EJ how to drive, I know how nerve-wracking it can be for us - and them! In 2015, in California, 283 teens were behind the wheel at the time of fatal collisions, and 63 percent of those young drivers were at fault.

Learning to drive with parents can be very stressful, not to mention uncool.

To bring awareness of teen driver safety among teens and parents, top tire manufacturer Michelin has teamed up with football legend -; father of a teen driver -; Emmitt Smith in an educational campaign, "Coaching Your Teen Driver".

Auto crashes remain the number one killer of teens, but over the past decade tremendous advancements in safety and education have resulted in a drop in deaths involving teen drivers. It allows students to experience the risks involved with distracted or impaired driving. Not surprisingly, the study found that more than half of teen drivers (57 percent) would prefer to learn driving skills from someone other than their own parents. According to data analyzed by NHTSA, teen drivers were 2.5 times more likely to engage in one or more potentially risky behaviors when driving with one teenage peer, as compared to driving alone.

Be a good role model. Inexperienced drivers, in particular, should make sure they heed the speed limits, especially in construction work zones.

With increased patrols, State Police also remind drivers of Virginia's "Move Over" law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road.

The Handbook's defensive plays cover critical maneuvers and practices that drivers need to respond safely to road conditions and other drivers.

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  • Jon Douglas