Save Our Teen Drivers

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Congress looks to enact nation-wide driving standards

Posted by lapearce on April 27, 2009

U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y. is hoping to get national standards for driver’s training enacted in this country. For the first time, all states will have to abide by the same standard which include: permitting starting at 16, full licenses being granted at 18, limited passengers, curfew time and cellphone bans. All of these restrictions have proven to reduce deaths among new drivers.

The best part about the bill? If a state doesn’t enact the standards within 3 years, they lose their federal highway funding. That’ll get states on board!

The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act of 2009 aka STANDUP is on the right track with everything Bishop is trying to do. However, he’s still missing the number one cause of fatal crashes among teen drivers: inexperience. As of just last year the NHTSA identified immaturity and inexperience as being the leading cause of crashes among new drivers. AAA’s model curriculum lists “improving skills in evaluating risk” as a top goal for the program. How does one accomplish that? Here are some of the suggested areas of focus AAA recommends:

  • Visual skills
  • Hazard recognition
  • Acceleration and speed control
  • Error correction
  • Space management

This is exactly what we, and so many other non-profit car control clinics, teach.

This is our chance to improve driver’s training for everyone. What STANDUP already covers is a good first step, but we need to let the writers of this bill know that more needs to be done! I’ve already contacted STANDUP urging them to include better driver’s training in the bill. I hope now you see the logic behind better driver’s training as well and that you too will contact STANDUP and ask them to include hands-on car control based driver’s training as part of the nationwide standards.

Contact STANDUP and tell them how the bill can be improved

Contact your representatives, tell them to support an ammended STANDUP that ammends driver’s training.


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