West Palm Beach Traffic Safety — New Website Helping Parents

According to the most up-to-date research from The Allstate Foundation, about half of all parents say that they regret not providing ongoing coaching after a teen gets his license. About 70 percent say that they wish they spent more time practicing with their young drivers.

Officials with The Allstate Foundation are working with the National Safety Council (NSC) to launch the “Drive it Home” program.

Our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers understand that traffic collisions continue to be the number one cause of death for teens across the nation. Many of these fatalities can be prevented with more thorough driving education and tougher parent and guardian supervision behind the wheel.

The “Drive it Home” website is a site that was created by parents for parents. It’s targeting parents who have a teen driver who just got their driver’s license. The first year behind the wheel is the most dangerous that we’ll ever experience. It’s time for us to step in and to help make this time a whole lot safer for our newly-licensed drivers.

On the website, there are a number of videos and graphics to help teach parents an effective way to get through to teens. There are also a number of ongoing coaching tips to help out.

“We know from our research that parents are the No.1 source of information for teen drivers,” said Vicky Dinges with Allstate.

Parents and Teen Drivers:

-Close to 75 percent of parents believe that risk-taking behind the wheel is the number one cause of car crashes among teen drivers. It’s not! In all actuality, their inexperience is the leading cause for these accidents.

-Although parents find it important for teens to practice nighttime driver, only about a third admit that they’ve covered this with their young driver.

-About 30 percent of parents aren’t setting household driving rules for their teen drivers. Household rules help to keep them on their best behavior out there.

-More than 60 percent of parents say they’re looking for help with this process. And “Drive it Home” will be that help to many of them.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 400 teens killed in car crashes in the state of Florida in 2010. Close to 115 of those teens were drivers. These drivers account for about 10 percent of all of the drivers involved in fatal accidents throughout the year.

It’s important that you spend at least 30 minutes in the car with your teen driver each week. Make sure you’re offering them constructive criticism, watching their speed, helping them to scan the road, judging gaps in traffic and handling high-risk situations.

Start today, and save their life tomorrow.