A series of publicized crashes all around the U.S. has brought the media's attention to teen driving. The latest events reflect the growing number of dangers facing young people behind the wheel.
One new organization, Drive it Home, is aimed at educating both parents and teens about safety concerns on the road. According to the Allstate Foundation, more than two-thirds of parents say that they should have spent more time teaching their kids about high-risk situations and other potentially dangerous driving practices, but they didn't know how important it was beforehand.
"We know from our research that parents are the number one source of information for teen drivers, yet 40 percent don't know car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens," said Vicky Dinges, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Allstate. "Drive it Home can help protect teen drivers, educate parents on the crucial role they play in the driving process, and help ensure our sons and daughters return home each and every night."
According to USA Today, the most dangerous time for teen driving is still to come, as the upcoming period is usually filled with proms, graduations and events during summer vacation that have many young people on the roads. Teen drivers need to know how to be safe on the roads, and the lessons start with their parents teaching them how to handle high-risk situations and recognize when auto repair may be needed.