National Teen Driver Safety Week

(WTNH)- It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and Connecticut native Tim Hollister is making it his life mission to make teen driving safer after his 17 year old son died in a car crash in 2006.

Tim’s tips:

  • Even if the state law allows, don’t push a teen who for whatever reason is not ready to drive safely — which can be based on not appreciating the risks, physical or emotional immaturity, or fear.
  • Recognize the factors that substantially increase the already-high risk of a teen driver getting in a crash: speeding, drugs and alcohol, fatigue, bad weather, or an unsafe vehicle.
  • If you can afford one of the many technologies, like the Hum by Verizon, buy it and install it. Hum by Verizon is a connected car device that equips teens with the tools and knowledge to drive smarter, safer and stay more connected on the road. Parents will also be put at ease with features including auto health and diagnostics, driving history, boundary and speed alerts and vehicle location.
  • Be aware that the most dangerous hours of the day for teen drivers are the two hours directly after school lets out, and 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Driver Safety Survey released by Hum by Verizon. KRC Research conducted the survey of 1,004 American teens (ages 13-17) between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 2017:

  • Responsible use of tech:
    • 82 percent of teen drivers say that technologies like blind spot detectors, back-up cameras and traffic alerts have helped them improve their driving.
  • Opportunity for more driver’s education
    • 51 percent of teen drivers wish they had learned more about how to drive safely in ice, snow and wet weather.
    • 47 percent of teen drivers wish they had learned more about how to change a tire and 44 percent wish they knew how to jump start a battery.
    • 34 percent wish they had learned more about how to handle distractions in the car while driving, either through driver’s education or with their parents.


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