Life has many defining moments, and who could refute that the day you first received your driver's license is among them? That small card is a teen rite of passage that is anxiously anticipated with promises of not only mobility but untethered freedom and adventure. They grow up far too fast, don't they?
Many parents aren't as enthusiastic about their teen driver's newfound freedom, however. There are many causes for concern such as vehicle maintenance, insurance premiums, possible traffic citations and other driving incidents that make this "rite of passage" a moment to dread.
The one concern above all else, however, is that every parent wants their child to be safe. Statistics show that, on average, 250 teen drivers are killed across the country in vehicle crashes each month. Rookie mistakes, numerous distractions and other factors don't make teens the best drivers on the road.
There is good news for residents of Connecticut, however! Eyewitness News reporter, Rob Polansky, recently discussed a study conducted by WalletHub.com on teen driving across the nation that gives local parents some relief from stress and worry. Connecticut has secured the rank of seventh best in the entire country for teen drivers, according to WalletHub.com's broad analysis.
The purpose of the study was to "help parents ensure their teens' safety behind the wheel and safeguard their finances against unforeseeable events." In order to accomplish this, WalletHub analyzed the teen-driving environment in the 50 states across 16 key areas, ranging from the number of teen driver fatalities to the average cost of car repairs to the presence of impaired-driving laws.
Among the conclusions found in the study is Connecticut's #1 ranking when it comes to the fewest teen driving fatalities per teen population! Much of the credit is due to the hard work and dedication towards keeping teen drivers safe by not only lawmakers, who introduced GDL (Graduated Driving Laws) for teens, but also by the diligent efforts of the most influential force in each child's life-their parents.
There are many things that parents can do to keep their child safe, ranging from modeling good driving behaviors to establishing and enforcing strict driving rules. Included in the WalletHub.com report is a section of expert advice given from numerous sources on what parents can do to actively participate in ensuring the well-being of their child behind the wheel.
At Carter Mario, we know it is bittersweet for parents to watch their child grow up and become more independent. They are testing their confines, expanding their horizons and looking forward to exciting adventures; the world is so full of possibility. Yet they are not entirely aware of the pitfalls and dangers that lay before them, as well. The knowledge, tips and advice gathered in these resources are indispensable and will help towards getting them through this milestone safely so that they may reach the next.