Prior to the start of the summer break, Lauren Slaybaugh – a Sickles High School student in Tampa, Florida – sits behind the wheel to improve her teen driver education and skills.
Her mentors has given her continuous feedback on her performance, which has helped her a lot so far. Slaybaugh commented:
They correct you and they help you perform it better next time.”
Having a supervisor as a passenger has helped her drive along without complications but, soon, she’ll have to drive without supervision and demonstrate improvement. She added:
When you’re driving you need to be aware of everything that’s constantly happening around you.”
Focusing on teen driver education
Interestingly, teenagers are more vulnerable to driving distractions such as mobile phones and other devices.
That said, they are advised on following defensive driving practices during the school break, as they are more likely to get involved in a fatal crash.
Matt Nasworthy, AAA representative, explained:
They are going to have more free time to be driving, usually accompanied by their friends, which also adds to the dangers.”
This is supported by the increasing number accidents that takes place during summer vacation, where the chances of a deadly outcome rises to 16%.
Tammy Overcash, a driving instructor, reinforces her role as an educator to talk openly about it:
If I do find a cell phone in the car, they are finished driving for the day and they do have to pick [the phone] up after school in the main office.”
In addition, speeding is also another relevant topic on the agenda, considering that, in some cases, teenagers fail to follow safe practices such as; buckling up.
Nasworthy also centered her opinions on this matter by pointing out the role of parenting when it comes to road safety.
when it comes to speed, when it comes to distraction, when it comes to using your seatbelt.”
Slaybaugh also mentioned that her parents give her appropriate guidance and concluded by showing gratitude about the support she receives from home.
I’m glad that they do because otherwise, I could be in some serious trouble.”