Parent-taught drivers more likely to have serious accidents

Filed under: Just For Moms, Teens, Just For Dads, Health & Safety: Babies, Day Care & Education

The Home School Legal Defense Association has been advocating parent-taught driver's education for some time. Since parents are responsible for their children's well-being and safety, shouldn't they be allowed to substitute formal driving education with their own teachings?

Some states agree, allowing parents to replace professional driving instruction with their own lessons. The thinking is that parental involvement results in better driving.

Texas has been allowing parent taught driver's education since 1997, but a new study from the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) reveals that maybe it's not the safest way to go.

According to the study, which involved analyzing 1.4 million driver records, a mail survey and teen-driver focus groups, teenagers who were taught to drive by their parents are almost three times more likely to be involved in serious accidents than those who were taught by a professional driving instructor.

"This is not to say that all parents are poor driving instructors," says TTI researcher Val Pezoldt. "But the evidence suggests that without some significant modifications to the program, granting parents the sole responsibility for meeting the education and training requirements of our youngest novice drivers serves neither highway safety, parents nor, especially, young drivers well."

I personally have no desire to teach anyone of any age how to drive. What about you? Does your state allow parents to teach their children to drive? Is that something you think parents should be doing? Or should driving instruction be left to the professionals?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.