Parents are unaware of crash risk for younger teens, survey finds
Many parents allow their children to ride in cars under conditions they know are dangerous, one of many gaps between parental knowledge, behavior and traffic safety facts that were revealed in a new AAA survey of parents of children ages 12 to 17.
In the survey, an overwhelming majority of parents of teen drivers correctly identified the dangers of driving with multiple teen passengers (96 percent) or even one teen passenger (65 percent), yet nearly half of parents of teen drivers (47 percent) say their teen rides with another teen driver at least once a week. More than 1 in 7 (15 percent) parents of non-driving high school students allow their child to ride with a teen at least weekly.
Parents who allow their young teens to ride with new teen drivers likely are unaware of the danger involved. Research shows crash risk rises significantly at age 12, but the survey found that nine out of 10 parents said a child’s risk of dying in a car crash does not increase until age 15.
If your young teen must ride with a teen driver, it should be for necessary trips only, without other teen passengers, not at night, and with a responsible driver, AAA cautions. And parents should help their teen recognize dangerous driving conditions, such as if the driver has been drinking or has multiple teen passengers.
For details about teen driver safety, visit www.AAA.com and click on the news/safety section.
Round up your old car batteries
More than just a nuisance, dead automotive batteries are potentially harmful products whose proper disposal is essential to protecting the environment, so AAA is once again sponsoring the Great Battery Roundup.
Held every year in conjunction with Earth Day, the Great Battery Roundup is designed to encourage motorists to recycle their old automotive or marine lead-acid batteries. From April 20–24, motorists can take those old batteries to participating AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) facilities.
A list of Approved Auto Repair facilities is online or call 1-800-222-7623, ext. 6821, to learn of the participating locations in your area.