Three-fifths of driving instructors say parents today are worse at preparing their teens to drive than a decade ago, according to a new survey of driving instructors nationwide.
A summary about the survey was published by MedlinePlus Health, a product of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
In the past five years, nearly 14,000 fatal accidents involved teen drivers in the U.S., according to MedlinePlus Health. And nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in teen driving crashes are people other than the teen.
Top three teen driving mistakes
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The survey identified the top three mistakes instructors said teens made while learning to drive:
▪ Driving too fast
▪ Being distracted
▪ Not scanning for hazards
Tips for parents
Here are some tips from AAA and MedlinePlus Health about how parents can help teens learning to drive:
▪ Regularly discuss dangers of speeding and distractions
▪ Practice driving with teens in varying conditions
▪ Create and enforce agreements about about driving rules
▪ Lead by example – children and teens are influence by their parents’ driving habits
▪ Teens whose parents impose stricter driving limits have fewer traffic violations and crashes