(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29, 2009) – Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens nationwide, and California is no exception. In fact, there are 15,000 teens, ages 16-19, killed or injured in vehicle crashes annually. After successfully spearheading legislation to place additional restrictions on California’s novice drivers, the Automobile Club of Southern California is now launching Dare to Prepare, a free workshop designed to help parents and teens through their most dangerous years on the road.
Dare to Prepare provides critical information parents and teens, ages 14 and 15, need to know before teens take the wheel. The interactive workshop provides tools and guidelines to help parents and teens go through the learning-to-drive process.
“Teen drivers are inexperienced and often engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel due to a lack of reasoning skills,” said Anita Lorz, the Auto Club’s team lead for traffic safety. “Dare to Prepare aims to jump-start the dialogue about safe driving between parents and teens,” said Lorz.
The Dare to Prepare workshop will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Penske Toyota Scion of Rancho Santa Margarita, 22722 Avenida Empresa, 92688-2150. The workshop is free. Space is limited. To register in advance, call the Auto Club’s Traffic Safety Dept. at 714-885-2300.
The two-hour presentation also will discuss:
- Parents’ and teens roles and responsibilities, including insurance
- Understanding California Graduated Driver Licensing components
- New Auto Club parent-teen driving agreements
- Practical tips on teaching teens to drive
- Additional resources and educational tools that can help
For more information to assist teens and their parents, visit www.AAA.com/teens.