AAA has an interesting and helpful website geared for parents and teens alike according to an article entitled, Driver’s Seat in the AAA Midwest Traveler September/October 2010 edition.
The article states the following, “The interactive site, www.TeenDriving.AAA.com, helps parents and teens manage the complex and critical coming-of-age process by providing users with specific information based on where they live and where they are in the learning process-from preparing to drive (pre-permit) through the learner’s permit and solo driving.
The support of the teen’s parents can not be underestimated as they play an integral role in helping them to be safe drivers. If the parents are confident, then that will most likely transfer over to their teen children.
On the website, the AAA StartSmart will be a major component of very helpful and needed information. It will consist of online videos and newsletters that were developed from the National Institutes of Health’s Checkpoint program.
As stated in this information, “Some of the topics covered in AAA StartSmart’s 18 informative newsletters and web-based videos include: Nighttime driving; Distracted driving; Alcohol and other drugs; Parent-teen driving agreements”.
Supplementary material is also available online that will further assist the teens in their driving efforts. Additional helpful tips are given to parents as to where they can find a driving school, along with information on choosing the right vehicle for your child. Teenagers can sometimes try to show off in front of their peers while behind the wheels of an automobile. Issues such as this will be addressed at this website too.
The article concludes by giving some staggering and somber statistics. “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens on a national basis, killing nearly 6.000 young drivers and passengers annually. In 2008 alone, 430 teens ages 16-20 in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kansas lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes”.
Perhaps with this new and interactive website helpful information will be learned and applied in the driving process. Hopefully it will be a valuable resource that allows teenagers and their parents to have a smooth ride along their destination to safe and conscientious driving. And maybe those sobering statistics can be a thing of the past.
AAA Midwest Traveler September/October 2010 edition, Page 8