Cars do not crash-people crash them. The driver, especially the young driver, continues to be a weak link in automotive safety. The benefits of effective traffic safety instruction have great value to students, to parents and to the commomwealth.
Successful completion of a state-approved driver education program does not, alone, make a teenager a responsible, experienced driver. Statistically, teen drivers have a disproportionately high percentage of vehicle crashes. The commonly cited theories to explain this age group's high crash rate are immaturity, lack of experience, attitude and a perception of immortality. The family, not the school, is in the best position to have a sustained effect on minimizing the risks faced my inexpericenced drivers and encouraging responsible behaviors. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on extended supervised practice with a licensed parent or guardian in order to develop percision in the application of skills and processes.