Andrew was interviewed by Rick Stark on his syndicated Radio station.
That upcoming family road trip over the river and through the woods is an ideal time to show your teenagers the ropes of driving. Of course the legal driving age varies depending on your home state or territory. The ACT Department of Territory issues learner licences at age 15 years and nine months. These drivers must have a parent or other supervisor with them to operate a motor vehicle. All other states and territories issue learner licences at age 16. But fear not: if your 15-year-old obtained a learner licence in Canberra, she can still drive to grandma’s house in Brisbane, as long as a licenced adult driver is in the front seat with her.
The more driving your teenagers do on the road trip means less driving for mom and dad; and also means invaluable experience your young drivers need before heading off on their own.
The Hard Facts
Road trips can be long, boring and even nerve-racking. Allowing teenagers to drive can not only break the monotony, but give them valuable experience that could ultimately save their lives. The numbers are staggering when it comes to inexperienced drivers and injuries across the nation. A driver who is 17 or younger is four times as likely to be in a car crash involving fatalities than a driver 26 years of age or older, according to the George Institute of Global Health in Sydney. Further, nearly 50 percent of all younger people (aged 17 to 25) admitted to Australian hospitals were drivers in car crashes, and another 25 percent were passengers in car accidents. When doing a Compare the Market Car Insurance Comparison, premiums are higher for younger drivers because of the aforementioned realities, which are mostly due to inexperience and distraction.
Make A Game Out Of It
A 600 kilometer trip can be accomplished in less than seven hours, but will seem like double that without spicing the trip up. Siblings, by nature, are competitive and want to outperform the others in everything from grades to athletics. Driving is no exception. If you have two teenagers, allow one to drive until they make some sort of error. These can include answering a cell phone, changing lanes without signaling, traveling over the speed limit and anything else you set forth. The other teen takes over at that point and drives until he makes an error. The one who logs the most driving time “wins,” and will have a great story to tell grandma when you get there.
Calm Your Nerves
The bonding and teaching moments that come from this will only benefit your teenager if you are calm and confident in them. Granted being in the passenger seat of a moving car driven by an inexperienced driver will speed anyone’s heart rate up. Make certain that their hands are at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel, not the proverbial “10 and 2.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States cites gruesome injuries to drivers’ hands and fingers as a result of airbag deployment in minor fender benders. The lower your hands are on the wheel, the less chance of severe injury. This position also allows your child to turn the steering wheel 180-degrees without moving their hands. Both you and
the driver should wear your seat belts, keep music at a low volume and know your surroundings at all times.
Tanner Foust will be a guest driving instructor at Teen Road to Safety’s Advanced Driving Course this Sunday at 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
About Tanner Foust
A professional driver with a record of top finishes, Tanner is a three-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Formula Drift champion. His varied racing experience also includes open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, sports car racing and the SCORE Baja. Also recognized for his work in front of the camera, Tanner is an on-air host for Top Gear USA and Battle of the Supercars. His professional stunt driving credits include Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Bourne Ultimatum, Iron Man 2, and the remake of Red Dawn.
When: Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: David Wilson’s Ford & Mazda of Orange
1350 W. Katella Avenue, Orange, CA 92683
This special event is being hosted and sponsored by David Wilson’s Ford & Mazda of Orange. We gratefull support driving safely and awareness initiatives that educate new and existing drivers. We believe in the importance of ‘Driving right… from the start,” and encouraging teens to “take the challenge” of becoming safe drivers.
Join us on Thursday, June 23, 2011 for a nice evening of food and beverage here at David Wilson’s Ford & Mazda of Orange.
The nation’s largest indoor karting company has joined forces with one of Southern California’s premier driver’s education programs to promote safe driving and provide teenagers with the ultimate classroom experience.
With six locations spread across Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, K1 Speed is the largest indoor karting company in the country. Providing an authentic racing experience in an ecologically-friendly, safe, and controlled environment, K1 Speed has continued to grow in size since its founding in 2003, gaining popularity with novice racers and lay persons alike looking for a taste of wheel-to-wheel competition. This combination of genuine thrills and a safe driving atmosphere made collaboration between K1 Speed and Teen Road to Safety a natural one. Teen Road to Safety is one of the premier defensive driving and driver’s education programs in Southern California, and the company is constantly seeking out new avenues to engage students. With K1 Speed, the Teen Road to Safety program has another unique program to offer young teens.
K1 Speed and Teen Road to Safety have created a unique driver’s education course in an effort to promote safe driving and educate teenagers on the rules of the road, as well as the responsibility of sharing the road with the public. The Teen Road to Safety program will be available at Southern California K1 Speed locations – and will involve class room sessions on safe driving techniques and traffic laws. Teens will then have an opportunity to put the lessons they learned in the classroom, and a little bit more, to the test in K1 Speed’s high performance electric go karts. Capable of speeds approaching 45mph, the electric karts at K1 Speed are high performance machines, but thanks to a remote shutoff capability, roll bar, hydraulic disc brake, and three-point safety belt, are extremely safe. To provide additional safety for racers, K1 Speed’s indoor go kart tracks also feature flexible safety barriers that absorb and deflect energy in the event of an impact, greatly reducing the risk of injury in the event of a collision.
Unfortunately, preventable traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. K1 Speed and Teen Road to Safety believe that with education and practical training, the number of teen accidents and teenage traffic fatalities can be reduced. This belief has led to the creation of a unique driver’s education course that aims to teach teenagers safe driving techniques in a fun and exciting environment.
For more information,
contact a TRTS consultant at 1-888-25-DRIVE.