Parental involvement is essential for safe driving in teens

June 6th, 2014 by admin

Although getting a driver's license is an important milestone that gives teenagers freedom, it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Teenage drivers are still getting used to the ways of the road and are more likely to become distracted by things like cell phones, friends and the radio.

Recently, Ford Motor Company and Ford Driving Skills for Life hosted a discussion to educate teens and parents about life-saving driving skills. The forum, titled "Teen Safe Driving: The Next 10 Years" spoke about challenges facing teenage drivers today, as well as issues and trends that are expected to shape the future.

The panel mentioned the findings of certain surveys about teen driving safety. One survey noted that the number one concern for mothers today is that their child could be injured, or worse, by a distracted driver. Nowadays there are more and more distractions stemming from technology: Check out our previous blog to learn more statistics about texting when driving. 

To help educate their children about safe driving practices, it's important for parents to get involved and initiate discussions. 

"We know the importance of parental involvement from our work over the last decade, and that won't change as we look ahead to the next 10 years," said a Ford Driving Skills for Life's representative. "The role of technology, as well as coping with impairment that could increase as a result of recently legalized marijuana use in some states, are examples of issues that will need to be addressed in the future."

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