- With the "100 Deadly Days of Summer" in full swing, parents have an instructional DVD to help teen drivers beat the scary odds — one out of every two teen drivers will have a motor-vehicle accident with the first six months of earning their license.
- To help change those statistics, accident investigator Mike Pehl and his DriveSafeRideSafe.com partners created a $20 instructional DVD, "Roadworthy: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Teens to Drive — 12 Lessons to Keep Your Teen Alive Behind the Wheel."
- A new study released Tuesday found that speeding is a culprit in a third of fatal crashes involving teen drivers.
CHAMPLIN, Minnesota — With the "100 Deadly Days of Summer" in full swing and driver's training in session, parents have a new tool to help teen drivers beat the scary odds — one out of every two teen drivers will have a motor-vehicle accident with the first six months of earning their license.
The instructional DVD, "Roadworthy: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Teens to Drive — 12 Lessons to Keep Your Teen Alive Behind the Wheel," features valuable tips from experienced accident investigator Mike Pehl.
The video's debut coincides with the release of a new study that found speeding is a factor in a third of fatal teen driving crashes. The new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association said that speeding as a contributor in fatal teen driver crashes has "inched up over the past decade from 30 percent in 2000 to 33 percent in 2011."
"Speeding is not getting the attention it deserves and must be addressed if further progress is to be made in the area of teen driving safety," said the study, which was released on Tuesday.
In the meantime, parents are getting more tools to help instruct their teen drivers.
Pehl's instructional DVD covers everything from driving defensively into a ditch if it means avoiding a head-on collision and what ground rules to lay down before logging practice time behind the wheel. He also stresses the value of practice and parental involvement. Pehl regularly presents this type of information at required driver's training parent meetings.
"Inexperience is the number one reason kids are crashing today," Pehl said in a statement. "'Learn as you go' was OK for sippy cups and tricycles. If your teenager is ready to go and control a 3,000-pound vehicle and its passengers, then it's time for you to learn how to protect them now."
Pehl and his business partners, Jayne Ubl, a TV producer, and Kelly Cusick, a video editor, recently launched their new Web site that highlights the $20 "Roadworthy" video. They believe busy parents often fall into the trap of thinking that state lawmakers know what's best for their teen driver, and they absolve themselves of responsibility for their teens' driving behavior.
"If the state requires 30 hours of driving with a permit, I recommend tripling or quadrupling that number," Pehl said.
Edmunds says: This new study amounts to a call-to-action for parents of teen drivers. Fortunately, parents have more tools at their disposal.