Practice Makes Perfect For Teen Drivers
With driving, practice makes perfect, especially when you’re a new teen driver. So, parents, make sure your new teen driver gets plenty of practice before turning them loose on the roads.
A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study and the North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center studied a group of teenagers who practiced supervised driving about 1 1/2 hours each week, mostly on routine trips on the same roads for one year. At the end of the year, almost half the parents still felt the teens weren’t ready to handle at least one driving condition, and at least one in every three parents didn’t believe their teen driver was ready to drive alone in heavy traffic. One in five parents didn’t believe their teens were ready to drive alone in the rain.
AAA recommends that teens train and practice in all varieties of driving conditions, under supervision, before being allowed to drive alone. Practice makes perfect.