In 2012 alone, teen drivers in North Carolina crashed more than 40,000 times – resulting in 9,000 injuries and 71 deaths (according to the NC DMV).
That is a lot of car accidents.
But what if half of those accidents could be prevented?
According to a recent study by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, all it may take is a little more instruction from parents.
The study reported that teens were half as likely to crash and 71% less likely to drink and drive if their parents helped teach them how to drive.
In addition, teens were two times more likely to wear their seat belt and 30% less likely to use a cell phone while driving. North Carolina is taking these statistics seriously and unveiled a new safety campaign aimed at getting parents more involved.
NC’s “Parent’s Supervised Driving Program”
Fox 8 reported in December that the North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles launched the safety campaign with a goal of boosting the amount and quality of training teen drivers receive from their parents.
The campaign, called the “Parent’s Supervised Driving Program,” encourages parents to go beyond the required 72 hours of supervised driving time and offers a number of important tips, advice, and other supportive materials for parents who are taking their teens on the road for driving lessons.
Under the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program campaign, teen drivers will be given a written curriculum for their parents when they obtain their learner’s permit. Fox 8 said that this curriculum contains helpful information for parents to make the most of their supervised time together, such as when and where they should take their teens driving.
You can even download their “RoadReady” app that tracks distance traveled, road types, and road conditions against each state’s specific driving requirements.
The campaign has been rolled out in several other states and operates entirely off of corporate sponsors.
Parents Need to Get Involved
Despite the evidence illustrating how much teen drivers can benefit from increased supervision while learning how to drive, the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program found that only 4% of parents used a resource while teaching their child how to drive and that parents often stop the supervised driving process early or overestimate the time they have spent supervising their teen.
It’s clear that increased parental supervision can go a long way toward preventing accidents, and we encourage all parents to take a more active role in training their teens how to drive. You can do your part to make North Carolina roads safe for everyone.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact a car accident lawyer in North Carolina. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we’ll be happy to evaluate your case for free. Just call us at 1-866-900-7078 today.