New Teen Drivers Get Failing Grade

By: Kenneth Mckinley


It seems like teenage drivers are bound to get failing grades when it come to drivers' education. This is according to a study that AutoWeek has conducted just recently. The results of the study were published in the magazine's issue that was distributed last 4th of September.

Primarily, the study has had results that showed teenage drivers were more inclined towards knowing the latest trends and fads in their age group like MP3 players and downloading the latest songs. And on this line, more and more teenage drivers are less likely to focus on formal drivers' training programs which are conducted in various locations all across the United States.

As per the article published by AutoWeek, the magazine has compared the number of lives lost in Iraq and the number of teenage lives lost on the roads. The war in Iraq took some forty one months and there were around 2,600 lives that were lost in the whole war. During that same period, there were more than 22,000 teenage drivers who were aged fifteen to nineteen years old who died while driving on the roads. The numbers are surely staggering and so are the effects that it brings to the society. It might be a good thing if the only things lost because of not being serious during drivers' education were . These could be easily replaced. However, lives cannot be brought back once it is gone.

According to Dutch Mandel, "We can point to car companies and say they should do more. We can point to legislation, and say it isn't strict enough. We should point to ourselves and say we're failing our kids. Car safety starts with the right attitude and with proper training." Mandel is currently the editor and the associate publisher for AutoWeek.

The magazine further emphasizes that as grown ups and models to these young drivers, it is important to show them the real deal behind driving. A parent must be able to decide and see if their teenager is already ready to take the life behind the wheel. It is also important for guardians to assist these new drivers while they are still learning the trick of this trade.

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