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!