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Many parents are concerned about driving safety and their children. This concern arises not only for teens but for others who encounter the new drivers on the road. Statistics prove that new, inexperienced drivers are at the highest risk for accidents, which is why insurance rates for 16- to 20-year-olds are so high. The time
between driver’s education and the ability to be licensed is
far too short. Most kids take driver’s education at 16, so in
30 days they trade in the permit for a license, even though
their parents may not have supervised their driving even a
dozen times.
One alternative to this, is to have your child drive under your supervision for one full year. In most places, the option exists to choose private driver’s education lessons when a child turns 15. That gives them far more behind-the-wheel experience than would public school driver’s education. The $100 or so it cost will be well worth the investment. Most parents feel more secure because they have driven with their child to help improve his skills.


Evelyn Petersen’s nationally syndicated parenting column is carried in over 200 newspapers twice each week. As a family/parenting consultant, early childhood educator, Head Start consultant, and host of a series of parent training audio and video tapes, Ms. Petersen employs an approach of providing hands-on, nuts and bolts advice to parents across the country.Evelyn Petersen’s nationally syndicated parenting column is carried in over 200 newspapers twice each week. As a family/parenting consultant, early childhood educator, Head Start consultant, and host of a series of parent training audio and video tapes, Ms. Petersen employs an approach of providing hands-on, nuts and bolts advice to parents across the country. You can read more from Evelyn at her web site: www.askevelyn.com

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