Did you know that teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group? In fact, drivers under the age of 20 are involved in three times as many crashes as those 20 and older. While issues like speeding and distractions contribute to that statistic, there’s one other significant factor that leads to automobile accidents in young drivers: inexperience.
Some things you just can’t learn from a book. From reacting to hazards and driving in inclement weather, to gauging appropriate breaking distance and avoiding distractions, getting experience behind the wheel is just the best way to learn how to handle these situations.
Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart includes the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, a free, half-day on-site workshop that travels the nation to teach new drivers how to eliminate distracted driving behaviors and the skills needed for accident avoidance. Led by highly trained driving instructors with motorsports backgrounds and test track experience, each session includes group discussion that reinforces smart decision-making on the road. Drivers then get behind the wheel for closed-course driving exercises that make the dangers of multitasking real (in a safe, supervised environment). It’s fun. It’s free. But most of all, it’s an important first step in a lifetime of smart driving decisions. (Plus, spending time behind the wheel of a BMW is not a bad way to spend part of your weekend.)
Learn Communication Tips (For Parents & Teachers)
Texting, speeding, tweeting…good golly molly there are a lot of temptations facing young drivers today. What’s a parent or teacher to do? It all comes down to communication. We’ve got you covered with helpful tips for the most common types of distractions, as well as each state’s driving laws so you can stay informed.
Keep Safe Driving Going
Driving safely on the road isn’t learned overnight; it’s a habit that takes time to develop. That’s why our commitment to keeping roads safe doesn’t end here. We’re dedicated to keeping you in-the-know and, hopefully, making our roads a little safer in the process.