LOS ANGELES, March 9, 2009) --The Automobile Club of Southern California will be observing the state's designated Teen Driver Safety Week by offering information to its members through a new parent-teen web page on its company site.
In addition in 2009, the Auto Club will be hosting a variety of teen driver activities including airing new public service announcements aimed at teens with race drivers Sam Hornish Jr. and Ashley Force Hood; holding more of its popular regional teen driver resource fairs; opening two new teen driver school locations in the Southland; and distributing a new parent-teen driver agreement that's customized with the provisions of the Golden State's graduated driver licensing law.
The state senate proclaimed the week of March 9 as Teen Driver Safety Week to heighten awareness of the public about the 66,785 teen crashes that occur in California annually, which include hundreds of fatalities and 27,869 injuries on our roadways.
"Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of deaths for teens," said the Auto Club's Community Programs and Traffic Safety Team Lead Anita Lorz. "The Auto Club will be helping parents and teens throughout the year so families can work together to encourage and expect safe driving by young adults."
The Auto Club just launched a new web page at AAA.com/teens with 10 tips that parents can do to help keep their teen driver safe, along with beneficial information on graduated driver licensing, good student insurance discounts, and advice on vehicle selection.
Later in spring, the Auto Club will offer its popular regional teen driver safety resource fair with a fair to be held from 2-5 p.m. on April 25, at Irwindale Speedway, and another set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9, at the Auto Club's administrative office on Fairview Road in Costa Mesa.
Two more Auto Club Driving Schools will open this year as well. Enrollments will be accepted for classes starting this summer at the Auto Club's Arcadia office and at Longo Toyota in El Monte. This brings the number of Auto Club Driving Schools to 20. Classes use the "Licensed to Learn" curriculum. For enrollment information, call 1-866-909-8521.
A new parent-teen driving agreement will be available through the Auto Club in late April. A parent-teen driver agreement helps establish rules and consequences for new driving teens, but also places responsibility like modeling safe driving on parents. Signing an agreement before a teen starts to drive can help establish expectations for the whole family, said Lorz.