(RIVERSIDE, Feb. 15, 2012) – Because car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens, the Automobile Club of Southern California, along with the Riverside Police Department, is offering a free educational workshop in Riverside on Tuesday, March 13. The program is designed to help parents and teens prepare for their most dangerous years on the road.
Each year, 15,000 teens, ages 16-19, are killed or injured in vehicle crashes. The Auto Club has successfully spearheaded several laws to place additional life-saving restrictions on California’s novice drivers, but many parents and teens may be unfamiliar with the requirements.
“Dare to Prepare” provides critical information that parents and teens, ages 14 and 15, need to know before teens take the wheel. The interactive workshop explains to parents and teens why teens crash and offers tools and guidelines to help parents and teens go through the challenging learn-to-drive process. Participants will receive educational tools and resources to take home to help prepare them for driving.
The session is from 6-8 p.m. at the Riverside Police Department, 10540 Magnolia Ave., Suite B. Free parking available. Space is limited, reservations are required and teens must attend with a parent or caregiver. To register go to www.AAA.com/safety4teens. For more information, call Teri Bloom at the Auto Club Community Programs and Traffic Safety office at (714) 885-2300.
“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 manager of community programs and traffic safety. “Dare to Prepare aims to jumpstart the dialogue about safe driving between parents and teens.”
The two-hour presentation also will review:
- Parents’ and teens roles and responsibilities, including insurance
- Understanding the 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.