Sparking the Conversation about Responsible, Safe Driving
October 10, 2012 (Halifax) – CAA announced the official launch today of DriveRight, a new online driving resource for teens and parents.
With motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among teens in Canada, CAA recognizes the critical requirement for young drivers to start their driving careers off on the right foot. As a comprehensive guide for new drivers and their parents, DriveRight (www.CAA.ca/DriveRight) features useful reminders, tips, questions and do’s and don’ts that parents and new drivers can refer to throughout the learning-to-drive process.
“CAA recognizes the need to spark the conversation between parents and teens about driving and the magnitude of responsibility that comes along with learning to drive. We created this guide to speak to both teens and parents and serve as a reliable resource, with relevant advice and information to make the process safe, fun and enjoyable for the next generation of young drivers and their parents,” says Gary Howard, CAA Atlantic.
In recent public opinion research conducted exclusively for CAA, 46 per cent of Canadians say they learned how to drive primarily from a family member – and an identical percentage said parents are not good teachers. Eight in ten respondents said there was a need for a site that talks to both teens and parents about learning to drive.
One of the unique aspects of the site is a downloadable parent-teen agreement to help both sides talk together about their mutual rights and responsibilities as drivers. CAA believes this discussion is critical to getting the family driving relationship off on the right foot. The agreement, which can be added to, signed or simply discussed at the kitchen table, is designed to help spark that conversation. This is one example of how DriveRight will help prepare a new generation of young drivers to be safe.
“In this new era of driving, teens are faced with so many more challenges on the road. From texting to other electronic usage, teens need to know that they have to be 100% committed to the rules of the road and fully engaged while driving. We are happy to support them and their parents as they embark on this learning experience,” says Jeff Walker, CAA National.
According to CAA, some of the most important tips include:
- Don’t speed; slow down and obey the rules of the road
- Avoid distractions; turn your phone off or put it well out of your reach so you won’t be tempted to break the law by using it while on the road
- Holding a driver’s license is a privilege not a right—be a responsible driver at all times
- Parents need to heed similar advice—don’t teach your young driver your own bad habits
About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)
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National Media Inquiries
Alayne Crawford, Manager, Public Affairs
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Gary Howard, Vice President Communications
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