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Helping teenage drivers stay safe

June 15th, 2011 -

There has been a lot of coverage in the press recently about teenage drivers.

Young drivers are at greater risk of injury or death than than other types of driver, and more at risk than drivers of the same age in other countries such as Australia.

NZCU is happy to provide some tips for helping younger drivers become safer drivers:

  • Do more than the required amount of hours of driving instruction. More practice helps less experienced drivers become more familiar with operating a vehicle and handling dangerous situations.
  • Parents should set a good example. Younger drivers learn by copying more experienced drivers.
  • Parents should point out potential risks that younger drivers should be noticing.
  • Parents should consider their child’s maturity. Just because a teenager turns 15 or 16 does not mean that he or she is ready to drive.
  • The more a parent stays involved, teaching and encouraging good habits, the lower the risk of being involved in a car accident.
  • Parents should create ownership. A child borrowing a car should have to take some type of responsibility such as paying for fuel or half of the car payment. This may make them more cautious because the car is partly owned by them.

The New Zealand government, through the Ministry of Transport, is committed to lowering the road toll in New Zealand through its “Safer Journeys” project. Read more about it by visiting their website: Click here

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