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Project aims at helping parents teach kids to drive
By Insure.com staff

Although parents are concerned about the risks teen drivers face, many admit not monitoring their licensed teens and are unaware of the leading cause of teen crashes, according to research from The Allstate Foundation.

To help educate parents, the foundation joined other partners to help the National Safety Council launch Drive it Home, an interactive website targeted at parents of newly licensed teens.

"We know from our research that parents are the No. 1 source of information for teen drivers, yet 40 percent don't know car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens," Vicky Dinges, Allstate's vice president of corporate social responsibility, said in a press statement. "Drive it Home can help protect teen drivers, educate parents on the crucial role they play in the driving process, and help ensure our sons and daughters return home each and every night."

The foundation's research found that almost half of parents say they regret not monitoring their newly licensed teen drivers. Although driving inexperience is the No. 1 cause of teen car crashes, 74 percent of parents think risk-taking is the leading cause. Other findings from The Allstate Foundation include:

  • Nine in 10 parents say it's very important for teens to learn to manage night driving and driving with passengers, but one in three admit they have not covered those topics adequately with their teens.
  • Almost 30 percent of parents don't set rules around some of the most danger driving behavior, such as nighttime driving and passengers in the car. Many parents don't require their teens to get permission before driving.
  • Sixty-four percent of parents are looking for resources to help manage their teens' driving experience.

Parents can find tips and sign up for weekly driving practice lesson plans on the Drive it Home website. The project is hitting the road and presenting a series of shows, featuring Second City Communications, in various cities across the country. Tour dates and locations are on the website.

Other Drive it Home sponsors include the Toyota Foundation, General Motors Foundation and AT&T Foundation.

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