The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their Start Smart program to improve teen driver safety. This is a top priority for the CHP since motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. The Start Smart program is a two-hour safety class that’s designed for newly licensed or soon-to-be-licensed teen drivers and their parents. It’s completely free, and it uses innovate teaching techniques to capture the attention of both parents and teens during the two-hour class.

Teen Driver Stats

  • In 2016, there were 1,908 young drivers (15 to 20 years old) killed in motor vehicle crashes.
  • Nine percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were 15 to 20 years old.
  • Young drivers accounted for 5.4 percent of the total number of licensed drivers in 2016.

Start Smart to Prevent Teen Car Accidents

Teens are at a lifetime high risk of getting into a crash within the first two years of driving, so this is a critically important time to focus on educating new drivers. The Start Smart class is designed to reduce and eliminate high-risk driving behaviors by focusing specifically on unsafe actions observed by CHP officers. Also included in the curriculum is information about crash statistics, teen driver and passenger behaviors, Graduated Driver License (GDL) law, cultural changes and the need for strong parental involvement in a teen’s driving experience.

Parents to Guide Teen Drivers

The class will also include information from speakers and CHP officers to illustrate the responsibilities of driving and the importance of practicing crash-avoidance techniques. Finally, parents and guardians are reminded that they have a huge responsibility to teach their teen driver and also to model safe driving behaviors at all times.

Car Accidents Involving Teen Drivers

In addition to inexperience, teen drivers face a variety of risks behind the wheel. Parents and teenagers are encouraged to register for a Start Smart class to get the ball rolling on safe driving behaviors. To find a class near you, contact your local CHP office.

If you have been injured or if your teen has been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver in California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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