Keeping Parents Involved In Teaching Teens to Drive Can Help Keep Them Safe


With summer weather more teenagers are starting to learn how to drive.

When your teen hits the age where they’re heading out with keys in hand, making sure they’re prepared can make all the difference

“Anything you can use to give them information that they’re going to be able to use when they become a more mature driver, once they have their license, is going to help,” Jed Geer, owner of First Geer Driving School says.

Car Crashes are still the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.

According to the Centers for Disease Control more than 2,000 teens died in car accidents in 2015, alone.
We spoke to some experts about how to keep your teen safe when they get behind the wheel.

Because with new drivers come new risks.

“They need to know the rules of the road so they know exactly what to expect and what to do in different circumstances,” Glenn Jackson, Department of Transportation says.

Driving in different circumstances like bad weather, different surfaces, and driving in and out of town can help.

They’re important skills for new drivers like the teens that make up five percent of all licensed drivers in the state.

“Parents show responsibility by working with their children on teaching them how to drive effectively,” Jackson says.

And their time and instruction can help teach their teen the skills needed, as new drivers, and make sure their teen keeps their focus solely on the road.

“You’re driving now, that’s all you should be doing is driving. Stay focused; stay safe,” Jackson says.

In 2016, 14,578  teens received their permits.

But they will have to wait a full year before receiving their license.

The Department of Transportation encourages you to be active in teaching your teen to drive.

It suggests teaching them the rules of the road and setting a good example by wearing your seat belt.

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