Teens have important responsibilities during this stage of the driving process. Responsibilities include taking the following actions:
- Commit to several hours of driving practice and study every week.
- Accept instruction and feedback about safe driving from you and any driver education instructors.
- Be patient about easing gradually into more complex driving situations as directed by you and driver education instructors.
- Focus on safe driving by obeying the speed limit, avoiding distractions and always wearing a safety belt.
- Avoid riding as a passenger with another new teen driver. If your teen does accept a ride with a peer, make sure your child understands to call you for a ride if there is any concern that the driver is not practicing safe driving.
- Abide by your family’s parent-teen driving agreement.
A cooperative effort sponsored by AAA Kansas and the Kansas Department of Transportation to increase restraint compliance through positive rewards and strong enforcement messages
- If the driver is belted … the child is belted 92% of the time.
- If the driver is NOT belted … the child is belted only 23% of the time.
“Recently, I was dispatched to the scene of a rollover crash with one occupant. The vehicle was still resting on its top when I arrived. The driver was sitting alongside the roadway being helped by a passerby. I could see obvious injuries to her arm as there was blood around the elbow and hand. I recognized her as a 17-year-old who attends high school with my daughter. I asked, ‘Were you wearing your seatbelt?’ She looked at me and said, ‘You know I was, Sandy, I attended your Seatbelts are For Everyone class.’ I followed the ambulance to the hospital and waited until her mom arrived. Mom told me she always wears her seatbelt now, and she makes sure everybody else does, too. Had she not been wearing her seatbelt, this teen would have suffered serious injuries or died.” — Sheriff Sandy Horton, Crawford County, Kansas
The SAFE program is expanding to high schools in other Kansas counties. Find out more about a SAFE event near you.
- StartSmart:Teen Passengers – Fatal crash rates for teens are 5-6 times higher when there are teen passengers in the car. AAA’s tips will help guide parents in establishing rules for their teen drivers.
- StartSmart: Distractions and Driving – Read about the most common distractions, and get helpful advice for teens and parents.
- Becoming the New Driver in Your Family – This brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of safe driving.