Teens driving teens can be a deadly mix, AAA warns

AAA OKLAHOMA Modified: October 17, 2012 at 9:26 am •  Published: October 17, 2012

Establish a parent-teen contract. State laws help place teens in lower-threat situations, but parents should still determine the driving limits, privileges and responsibilities that are right for their teens. A parent-teen contract can help establish these boundaries. Families can find a sample contract at TeenDriving.AAA.com/OK.

Take advantage of AAA resources. AAA offers a host of tools and programs to help families through teens’ learning-to-drive years. “Take the Wheel” is a parent-taught driver’s education program that qualifies as bone fide driver’s ed. under the Oklahoma’s GDL law, allowing teens to drive at an earlier age.

Teens who complete the course are eligible for the standard driver’s ed. discount on their auto insurance. Visit AAA.com/TakeTheWheel. Other resources include the Keys2Drive website and the AAA Insurance Co.-endorsed “teenSmart” program, a computer-based driver tutorial that can help families save up to 24 percent when they add their teen to their AAA Insurance Co. auto policy. Click on AAA News & Safety at AAA.com to learn about this program and more resources.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic crashes continue to be the leading cause of deaths for teens. Last year in Oklahoma, there were 14,266 crashes involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 19. In these crashes, 30 teen drivers and 28 teen passengers were killed. While the number is down substantially since before the state’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law took effect, AAA believes there is still room for improvement.

A not-for-profit organization, AAA Oklahoma serves its 363,000 members across Oklahoma with emergency help on the road, auto travel assistance and a wide range of personal insurance, travel, financial and automotive services through its 44 retail branches, regional operations center and the Internet at www.AAA.com.