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AAA: Parents Are the Key to Teen Driver Success

AAA: Parents Are the Key to Teen Driver Success
October 19
03:23 2021

AAA: Parents Are the Key to Teen Driver Success

Surveys show teens whose parents set rules for driving engaged in less risky driving behaviors.
PHOENIX (Oct. 17, 2021) –  No one influences teen driver safety more than parents. For that influence to work, parents need  to talk to their teenagers about the risks of driving. During National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 17-23) , AAA Arizona and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want to encourage a dialogue between parents and teens.
 
“Teen drivers are still gaining experience behind the wheel,” said Aldo Vazquez spokesperson for AAA Arizona. “Parents can help them make smart choices to stay safe on the road by sharing their experience.”

 AAA Arizona recommends parents discuss these five topics with their teen driver: 

  1. Impaired driving: Remind teens that driving under the influence of any impairing substance – including illicit or prescription drugs over-the-counter medication – is dangerous.
     
  2. Seatbelt safety: Teens are the least likely age group to wear a seatbelt while driving. Parents can encourage the use of the seatbelt by discussing the importance of always wearing a seatbelt as the driver or passenger.
     
  3. Distracted driving: The presence of distractions like passengers, devices and even eating, make it more difficult for drivers to react to road hazards. In addition to discussing the dangers of distracted driving, parents should model safe driving behaviors by refraining from distractions behind the wheel.
     
  4. Speed limits: Teenagers are more likely than other age groups to speed. Discuss the correlation between speed and reaction time with their teens and encourage them to obey posted speed limits.
     
  5. Passengers: Teens are more likely to be distracted by passengers than other age groups, especially if passengers are other teens.

NHTSA offers parents resources on how to initiate a dialogue about safe driving. For more information about National Teen Driver Safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving.

About AAA Arizona
AAA has a proud history of serving Members for over 100 years. AAA is on a mission to create Members for life by unleashing the innovative spirit of 4,600 employees representing 6 million Members across Northern California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. In addition to legendary roadside assistance, AAA offers home, auto and life insurance, travel and home security services. According to Via Magazine’s Smart Guide, being a AAA Member can save you more than $1,200 a year. Learn more at AAA.com.

 

 

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