TEENS: Rookie Drivers

Are You Worried Now That Your Teen Is Driving?  “Finally, a ‘New Driver’ car magnet my teenager is willing to accept….” CLICK HERE to see.

Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens, columnist Tom McMahon writes in today’s “Kid Tips” column in the Times. Teens have a 3 in 10 chance of being in a serious car accident during their first year of driving, say National Highway Traffic Safety stats, and their accident rates are five times that of 18-year-olds, who have a couple years of driving experience under their belts. Those are horrifying numbers, but McMahon’s got some common sense tips on how to protect your teen. And we’re intrigued by these “Rookie Driver” car magnets. They’re designed by teens and based on the same premise as Safestway’s bright red driver training cars — it’s a “this driver is still learning” alert to other drivers to exercise a little extra care and not go honk-crazy over newbie mistakes.

We’re eager to hear parents and teens’ take. Perhaps those 50 hours of DMV-mandated drive-with-a-parent time would have been less parentally traumatic if we’d had a “Rookie Driver” alert for other cars on the road … though the sight of a white-knuckled, shrieking parent in the passenger seat seemed to do the trick too.

Jackie Burrell



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