New App Shows Parents How Adept Their Child is Behind the Wheel

More than Fifty Percent of High School Seniors Have Car Accidents or Near Misses
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Celia Stokes, CEO, eDriving

(Oakland, CA, Friday, August 11, 2017) - An important Back to School Alert for High School Student Parents.  U.S. teenagers are more reckless after their first few years of driving, according to a new study affiliated with Against Destructive Decision. They often become overconfident in their abilities and put themselves at higher risk of accidents. More than 50 percent of high school seniors have car accidents or near misses, compared to 34 percent of sophomores.

It’s enough to make worried parents cringe, but there is modern day tutoring of sorts.  Mentor with Fico Safe Driving Score, may just may provide the most important grade of all … How adept is your child  behind the wheel?  There’s a grade you want to know long before the first report card comes home. 

Celia Stokes, CEO of eDriving, has this important advice for parents.

SOUNDBITE #1:

TEENAGERS ARE MORE “HYPER-CONNECTED” THAN EVER. THEY’RE DISTRACTED BY THEIR PHONES WHILE DRIVING. THE FACT THAT SEVENTY-ONE PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ADMIT TO USING THEIR PHONE BEHIND THE WHEEL, AND SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT FEEL CONFIDENT IN THEIR DRIVING ABILITIES, IS SCARY. THE STUDY SAID THE MISPLACED CONFIDENCE COULD COME FROM PARENTS TAPERING OFF PUNISHMENT FOR POOR DRIVING AFTER THEIR KIDS HAVE A YEAR OR TWO OF EXPERIENCE. NOW MORE THAN EVER, MAKING SURE THAT YOUNG DRIVERS ARE PROPERLY LICENSED AND TRAINED TO DRIVE SAFELY IS A PRIORITY.

SOUNDBITE #2:

THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF DRIVING ARE STATISTICALLY THE TWO MOST DANGEROUS YEARS A CHILD WILL EXPERIENCE IN HIS OR HER ENTIRE LIFE BECAUSE OF DRIVING. PHONES AREN’T THE ONLY ISSUE. DRIVING WHILE DROWSY, HAVING MULTIPLE PASSENGERS, SPEEDING AND BROWSING MUSIC BECOME MORE PREVALENT AS NEW DRIVERS GAIN CONFIDENCE. KIDS NEED TO BE PROPERLY TRAINED, NOT ONLY ON HOW TO DRIVE, BUT THE CONSEQUENCES THAT CAN OCCUR WHEN THEY DO NOT PUT THEIR FULL ATTENTION ON THE ROAD. PARENTS NEED TO ALSO CONTINUE TEACHING THEIR KIDS, EVEN AFTER THEY HAVE THEIR LICENSES.

To get on the waitlist for the highly anticipated and soon-to-be launched mentor App, log onto eDriving.com

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