(COSTA MESA – May 9, 2009) The Automobile Club of Southern California today hosted a Teen Driver Safety event as part of its Automotive Fair to give parents and teens tips about learning to drive safely and avoiding the tragedy of fatal teen crashes.
Steven A. Bloch, Ph.D., the Auto Club’s senior traffic safety researcher, presented parents and teens with an overview of what they should discuss before obtaining a driver’s license, from learning to drive to choosing a driving school, and also addressed how teens can stay safe in their risky first year of driving.
The Costa Mesa Police Department presented an overview of the challenges teens face while driving, including underage drinking and driving.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Automotive Repair gave teens and their parents tips about keeping their car running smoothly during the hot summer months.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department provided information about choosing a safe vehicle for teens, California’s Graduated Driver’s License law, and about how parents can help their teens become safer drivers.
And the JourneySafe non-profit group, formed in memory of a teen who died with her boyfriend in a car crash on the way to their prom, shared a presentation on how teens can use positive peer pressure to protect each other when driving with other teens.
The Auto Club presents Teen Driver fairs throughout Southern California each year as part of its mission to improve local traffic safety.