Teach Parents to Be Teachers
Parent Taught Drivers Education
Parents who are safe drivers are not necessarily good driving teachers. It can be hard to teach long-established skills to novice drivers, especially your own teens. Emerging research shows parents may not be adequately equipped to teach teens the specifics required to become skilled drivers and to avoid crashes. You can help by giving them the guidance and information they need for parent taught drivers education. Ideally, their role is to reinforce the skills taught to their teens by a professional driver education instructor (DEI). Tell parents that teens are at their lowest lifetime crash risk when practice driving with a trusted adult, whether it's a parent, guardian, or driving instructor. That’s why parent taught drivers education is so important. In our National Young Driver Survey (NYDS) of 5,600 teens nationwide, over half reported working with a DEI, and 87 percent said a parent was involved in teaching them to drive. However, we need to be sensitive to the fact that 4 in 10 teens report only having parents teach them to drive, and these parents need guidance.
Providing teens with lots of quality practice driving (65 hours) is necessary before they can develop the necessary skills to drive on their own. Parents who stay involved after licensure by setting and enforcing rules for using the car can cut crash risk in half.