National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 20-26, 2013. This year’s theme is ‘It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving. Here are some tips to promote the important role you and your teen play in developing a safe skilled driver:
- The 3-second rule – Most crashes happen in about 3 seconds – not a lot of time to recognize and avoid a driving hazard. So if you are distracted by your phone or friends or are speeding, you might not have time to react.
- Provide your teen with 65+ hours of supervised driving practice. This total may seem daunting, but you can do it. Parent involvement cuts teen crash risk in half.
- Create the right learning environment. You and your teen need to discuss and set clear expectations for each other. This means staying calm, being respectful, and giving appropriate and timely feedback.
- Teach your teen critical driving skills. A recent study also found that 75 percent of serious teen crashes were due to a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes: driving too fast for road conditions, being distracted, and failing to detect a hazard.
- Develop house rules for your teen’s first year of independent driving. As your teen follows the rules and shows maturity, consider increasing driving privileges.
For more information please go to http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/colorado-teen-drivers or http://www.teendriversource.org/for_parents .