Teen Driver Safety Week (Day 5) – The Real Work of Improving Teen Driver Safety is Just Beginning
by John Henry, EcoDriveSmart, Inc.
While the The National Teen Driver Safety Week is coming to an end we should actually be thinking of it as a beginning. If we can put all this effort in to the problem of teenage crashes in one week per year, then we owe it to them to come up with a solution, after all we are the one’s giving them guidance. Most of the time, once a teen has passed the state driving test the only other updated driver education the teen receives is when he/she has to addend traffic school because of a traffic ticket.
With almost 30 years of combined law enforcement and driver training experience including being a licensed State Driving Instructor and State Approved Road Test Examiner, I have attended a large number of horrific crashes that involved inexperienced drivers, almost all of these crashes could have been avoided. Believe it or not, the Eco style of driving when taught correctly will help both inexperienced and experienced drivers; it will cut down road rage, excessive speeding and bad road judgment to name a few.
In the USA car crashes kill and injure more teens every year than guns, drugs, suicide, alcohol and violence combined. That is totally unacceptable!
Inexperienced Driver Facts:
• About 900,000 U.S. teens report they were drivers in at least one crash within a 12-month period.
• About two-thirds of fatal teen crashes involve driver error – making mistakes due to inexperience and distractions.
Our Eco and Defensive Driver Training Programs are geared toward but not limited to teenage drivers that have passed the minimum state driving test are great programs for parents that are concerned with teaching their teens to drive safely. Courses like these use the latest driver training technology to give an assessment of their training experience, provide critical ongoing monitoring of performance, and allow parents to become more involved in their teens driver training beyond the coursework and in-car sessions.