In addition to ubiquitous orange cones, flash floods and, really, any vehicle with a California license plate, teen drivers can be the most frustrating and dangerous obstacles on the road. The idea of anyone so inexperienced in life operating such a potentially deadly device is stressful for everyone, including the driver’s parents. Recently, the Nevada DMV and State Farm teamed up to create a safety program to help tackle those teen- driver worries.
Unlike most programs that are only aimed at new drivers, this program is targeted at parents as well and emphasizes the importance of being involved in their teen’s learning experience. According to a Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, a study conducted by State Farm, teen drivers with highly involved parents are half as likely to get in an accident, 71 percent less likely to drive intoxicated, 30 percent less likely to use a phone while driving and twice as likely to wear a seatbelt.
The program, available at all DMV offices and available in PDF and e-reader formats, discusses emotion management and encourages parents to drive with their teen in various conditions. Teens will be happy to learn that the program also covers what things have changed since their parents started driving, which is good for reducing those insipid “back-in-my-day” lectures. Speaking of changes, there’s even the RoadReady app that logs hours, so there’s no more scrambling to construct a fake log right before the driving test.
More than 11,000 Nevada teens applied for permits last year, and department officials wanted to create something that would expand the time and conditions that teens drive with their parents before receiving a license. “It’s a great way for teens to learn the driving skills they need and a valuable refresher for the parents,” DMV director Terri Albertson says.