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When Driving Ability Out Paces Maturity

Many teens want to head off to the mall with a carload of friends as soon as they learn to drive.  Shopping is always a fun adventure for them as it provides a major social outlet.  With so many returning to school this fall, they are sure to want to cruise the local stores and boutiques searching for clothes and shoes, backpacks, and other necessities of student life.  If you can encourage them to do some online shopping instead, they can still find all the looks they love and the items they need using Groupons to shop stores like A’Gaci.There they’ll find the latest tops, jeans, and tees for men and women, boys and girls and every teen in between.  Plus, they can get a 15% student discount, and qualify for free shipping on their first order.  That alone could save one or two trips to the mall.

There’s no limit to the number of reasons teens take risks when they first begin driving.  Once they gain confidence in their ability to control the steering of the car, they want to challenge the rules of the road.  This is especially true of adhering to the posted speed limits.   Aside from speed related accidents, studies show that accidents caused by teen drivers are 25% more likely to be caused by distracted driving, and the most common distraction is a cell phone.  You can’t stress the importance of putting away the phone while driving so they aren’t tempted to read or send a text.

Those who learned to drive from family members might feel like they have an advantage, but studies show adults will sometimes pass their bad driving habits on to new drivers, without realizing it.  And some parents start putting their children behind the wheel when they are as young as 13 years old, , well before they are mature enough to make the snap decisions that could mean life or death by vehicle.   A new or inexperienced driver is going to watch your every nuanced move, including how you react to other drivers on the road.  You don’t want to plant the seeds of road rage in them because you learned to yell and make rude gestures from your parent’s decades ago.  Taking a driver’s ed course is a life changer and can be a life saver.  AAA reports that kids who take a state approved driver’s ed course have 40 percent fewer traffic convictions.  These classes aren’t as prevalent in high schools as they were before budget cuts did away with them.  Private courses cost about $250 per student.   Perhaps the money saved shopping online from home which reduces gas and maintenance costs, parking tickets, parking fees and parking mishaps, can be used to pay for a course.

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