Know Who Is Driving

Letting drivers know car in front has inexperience driver could save lives

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.

You can spot the parents of active teenagers.

Just look at the back window of their cars.

Soccer balls, footballs, dance logos, honor roll appearances — the back of a vehicle salutes the accolades of the youngsters inside.

One driver safety advocate would like to see another emblem on the back of your car, one that says the driver inside is a newbie.

As important as the soccer team’s name, identifying the person behind the wheel as a “new driver” could play a key role in reducing the number of teenage traffic accidents — more than a million each year.

According to Teens in the Drivers Seat, four out of 10 teenagers who die each year died in a traffic accident. And on average, a teenager is injured in a car crash every 15 minutes.

Those numbers could be reduced if we simply knew where the teen drivers might be.

The magnet reads just that, “New Driver,” and tells every car that passes a message as important as the soccer team’s name. And the parent who places the magnet on the car becomes a partner in driver safety.

“Experience is only gained through practice,” said Corinne Fortenbacher, president of Rookie Driver.Net, in a press release. “In order to minimize traffic related deaths and injuries, we must produce skilled drivers. This vital “road preparedness” ultimately falls on parents. No one can eliminate the chance of an accident, but we as parents can lower the odds.”

Fortenbacher says only 18 states require some sort of drivers’ education for the person getting behind the wheel. The responsibility of driver safety, then, falls on the parents even more.

Supervised driving with a parent in the passenger seat, along with an extended permit period, reduces the chances of teen-related car crashes, according to a Rookie Driver.Net press release. A magnet identifying these at-risk teens alerts other drivers, most likely parents themselves, to take extra care.

Teenagers may not like the magnet. It’s not cool to be the newbie. If a magnet could help save their lives, perhaps they’d overlook the nerdy-ness of it all.

It’s not very cool to be dead, either.

Source:  TimesRecordNews

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2007/sep/08/know-whos-driving/#comments

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