The 101 Most Deadly Days of Summer!
During the summer months teen driving goes up 44%, which in turn, means that more crashes involving teenagers happen in the 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Summer is also the time when most teens sign up for Driver’s Education courses. This is a critical time to make parents aware that they have a crucial role in trying to reduce the teen driving statistics.
As an accident investigator for twenty years Mike Pehl is distressed by the number of avoidable crashes, especially by teens, that he sees each day.
“Fifty percent of all teen drivers crash in the first six months of getting their license and 17 American teens die each day in car crashes. This statistic hasn’t changed in fifty years and I have always wanted to figure out a way to change that statistic.” Says Pehl.
While being a good driver is one thing, teaching someone else to drive is another. Mike is passionate about getting parents to become the primary driving instructor. Behind the Wheel and Driver’s Ed courses only have your son or daughter for 30 hours over a six month period. Mike says teens need to practice their driving skills, just like they practice hockey, basketball or band. A teen should drive at least 30 hours a month for six months prior to getting their license, not 30 hours total.
“If you can’t read the paper in the car while your teen is driving,” says Pehl, “then they aren’t ready to get their license. Don’t punish the rest of us on the road!”
Another problem is with the driver’s test itself. A teen is put through a fifteen minute controlled test … if they pass, they get their license. But due to time constraints, these teens may know how to parallel park, but not how to merge onto a freeway, avoid head-on and t-bone collisions, safely maneuver on a country road, or have the instinct to drive defensively at all times.
These and many other reasons are why Mike produced “Roadworthy: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Teens to Drive, 12 Lessons to Keep Your Teen Alive Behind the Wheel.” It is his mission to change the horrendous frequency of teen driving fatalities. 17 American teens die every day in car crashes and 77% of those are due to inexperience. Mike wants to change these statistics, one teen at a time. What makes this DVD different from other teen driver videos is that it does not teach the teens to drive; it teaches PARENTS how to teach their teen to drive.