Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 19-year-olds. That’s why the Auto Club places a high priority on providing effective teen traffic safety and educational programs such as:
Our programs and educational resources are available for both parents and teens at your local branch or online. We are also engaged in many community events and advocacy groups working together to raise awareness of teen safety issues.
The Auto Club cares about the safety of your teen and we want to help you prepare your teen for the dangers of driving. That's why we have developed a premier research-based curriculum focused on teen driver safety taught by instructors who are all AAA-trained and state-licensed.
The Auto Club is piloting a new Online Driver Education course in limited areas. This highly interactive course is a convenient alternative to the Auto Club classroom instruction, allowing teens to work at their own pace through the Club’s premier research-based curriculum. Training teens to drive safely is our mission, whether in classrooms or now for the first time, online.
Dare to Prepare, an interactive program designed for parents, and their teens 14-15 years of age, walks participants through California’s Graduated Driver Licensing process, outlining all the requirements needed for teens to receive their driving permit and their driver license. This program also guides parents and teens through roles and responsibilities including what to look for in a good driving school.
InGear is a new online training program designed to improve driving awareness and focus of new drivers between the ages of 15-19. The three InGear computer exercises aim to:
This scientifically-based brain fitness program aims to strengthen the cognitive skills essential for improved driving through multiple training sessions, which we hope will reduce the risk of a crash.
It’s not about trust. It’s about inexperience. No matter how good a student or how much you trust your teen, they are still an inexperienced driver. The AAA OnBoard Teen Safe Driver Program offers you and your teen driver a unique opportunity to participate in a program encouraging responsible driving habits. Through the use of a website and in-vehicle device, you can identify your teen’s driving behaviors. This information is invaluable to help open the lines of communication between you and your teen driver as you coach them about responsible driving habits.
This informative, interactive, and free event is geared toward educating teens and parents about available resources for young drivers and their families. Teen Driver Safety Fairs feature educational workshops on the Graduated Driver Licensing process, distracted and impaired driving, rock climbing walls, DJ, refreshments and basic under the hood instruction, and “car fit” sessions. Instructors from the Auto Club’s driving school program, as well as other teen driving organizations, are available to answer questions and provide additional teen driving safety information. All events require teens to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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Every day, you teach your teen way more about safe driving than you realize. As a parent, you probably hand over the car keys to your teenage son or daughter with mixed emotions: relief, because you won’t have to play chauffeur much longer; pride, because learning to drive marks a rite of passage for your child; and, perhaps most of all, anxiety and fear.
You have good reason for concern. Nationally, traffic crashes rank as the No. 1 cause of death for 16- to 19-year-olds, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Every year, more than 3,000 teens die on the road, and 350,000 wind up in emergency rooms.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 19-year-olds. In fact, one of five teen drivers will be in a crash during the first year of driving. The Auto Club is working to improve teen driver safety by raising awareness of the problem.
The Auto Club urges parents of teen drivers to learn and follow California’s graduated driver license law and help improve their teen’s safety by following AAA’s list of 10 Things Parents Can Do to Keep Their Teen Driver Safe.
California’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law, which the Auto Club sponsored, has helped dramatically to lower the death and injury toll among California’s teen drivers.
In the two years after GDL passed, at-fault fatal and injury collisions involving 16-year-old drivers declined 24 percent. The GDL steers new teen drivers away from hazards by restricting driving times, and number of passengers.
Auto Club research and experience have shown that it’s critical for parents to have candid discussions with their teens and to set specific boundaries about what GDL means for them.
To help parents coach their teens, the Auto Club developed the California Parent-Teen Driving Agreement, which covers important things like rules, curfews, and consequences that you and your teen should agree to before he or she ever gets behind the wheel.
Help protect your teen driver by avoiding vehicles that lead to reckless driving. To help you choose the right vehicle, the Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center (ARC) has evaluated vehicles based on a set of criteria such as crash test ratings, engine type, vehicle size, and fuel economy to develop a list of the best cars for new teen drivers. Read on for a list of recommended vehicles.
AAA encouraged teens to share their message about the dangers of distracted driving by creating their very own distracted driving video. Congratulations to the students at Sacred Heart High School as our contest winner.
Their winning entry, Road to Bollywood, selected from more than 100 submissions, portrays a group of teens in a Bollywood dance troupe who drive recklessly to a competition.
Involved in teen driver safety for 75 years, AAA has a full range of tools to help parents and teens throughout the whole learning-to-drive process. Keys2Drive provides parents an easy way to work with their teens through each step, from choosing a driver education program to deciding when solo driving is permitted. Visit National AAA Teen Driving to learn more.
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