Sunday, October 17, 2010

Parents Pretty Much Stink at Teaching Teens to Drive (Are We Surprised?)

If you want your kids to be good, safe drivers --and who doesn't?-- you might reconsider the traditional route of  parent-as-driving-teacher, because parents often make poor driving instructors. Some parents are distracted by their cell phones while giving lessons, other parents are clueless when it comes to driving safety, and still other parents are terrible drivers themselves.

Why is it that driving schools have to be licensed, but any parent can give driving lessons, with the presumption that the parent is a good teacher? About 3,400 teens, aged 15 to 18, die a year in car crashes caused by other teenagers. How many of those deaths could have been prevented if the instructor, the parent, knew what he or she was doing? The answer: a lot.

Every parent of a driving age teen should watch this news report:

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