Teen Driving: Car CheckUp Before You Go

As many schools will be off for the holiday break, and many more college students will be driving home, have they taken the time to be sure their car is ready for the road?

We get busy with our shopping, packing, cooking, party planning - but do you take the same diligence with your automobile?

FACT: A growing body of research indicates that close parental management of teen drivers can lead to less risky driving behavior, fewer traffic tickets, and fewer crashes.
FACT: In 2008, about 3,500 teens in the United States aged 15-19 were killed in motor-vehicle crashes.
FACT: Just like reviewing a school report card for good grades, using the CarCheckup system will allow your teen to prove that they are a safe and responsible driver.
FACT:  Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
FACT:  In 2008, half of teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred between 3 p.m. and midnight and 56% occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. (Christmas falls ona Saturday this year).
FACT: 63% of teenage passenger deaths in 2008 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 19% occurred when a teenager was driving.
FACT: Not only are good grades great for your future, they can also save a lot of money on insurance premiums.

Know Before You Go: Car Checkup is a resource that many parents of teen drivers should review and consider.

Learning to drive a car is only part of being a responsible driver.  Parents need to teach their teens about how to handle auto issues such as when the check the engine light comes on.  How to change a tire as well as keeping your car maintained to avoid freeway breakdowns.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens!

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