Teenagers don’t receive enough training before getting their licenses, according to a new survey by the driver advocacy group AAA. And parents may be the most to blame.
New Jersey requires six months of training before teenagers can get licenses; Pennsylvania and Delaware require 50 hours.
But still, AAA spokesman Rick Remington says, parents — who provide most of that training — admit they don’t give their kids enough experience in tough driving situations:
“One in three parents said they didn’t think their teen was ready to drive in heavy traffic or on a major highway, and one in five said they didn’t feel comfortable letting their teen drive alone in the rain.”
The survey coincides with this week’s “Teen Driver Safety Week,” a national effort started by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to call attention to the fact that car wrecks are the leading cause of death for kids aged 15 to 18, and October is the deadliest month for them.
The message from AAA: parents may be the key to improving teen driving.
Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio.