Saturday, May 11, 2013

What's an effective tool for reducing teen crash risk?

What's an effective tool for reducing teen crash risk? Parents.
Moms and dads play a critical role in helping teens survive their most dangerous driving years. This theme is explored in a new
report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Promoting Parent Involvement in Teen Driving: An In-Depth Look at the Importance and the Initiatives. The report was developed with a grant from State Farm®.

The publication, the third in a series on teen driving developed for state highway safety offices and teen safe driving advocates discusses what parents need to know about the risk factors for their novice drivers. The
report highlights the ways parents can support graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws at home by working closely with their teen as they develop driving skills and gradually increasing privileges. It also explores the critical role parents play in shaping their teens' driving behavior and the challenges of engaging parents who are not only busy, but also likely to view their teens as good, safe drivers.