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A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club recognizing national teen driver safety week

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This week marks National Teen Driver Safety Week which takes place October 20 through October 26th.

The theme of this year's campaign is "It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving."

Experts say teenagers should work with their parents or guardians so that teenagers can become safe, skilled and dependable drivers.

Here are some tips from teendriversource.org:

  • Advocate for 65+ hours of supervised driving practice. To make it easy, keep a driving log and follow a driving lesson timeline to ensure that your parent provides you with lots of varied practice while learning to drive and careful monitoring for the first year after licensure.To be successful, it's crucial to create the right learning environment.
  • Know what you don't know. A recent study found that 75 percent of serious teen crashes were due to a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes:
  • driving too fast for road conditions
  • being distracted
  • failing to detect a hazard
  • Make sure your parent teaches you critical driving skills. Try to accept constructive criticism and ask your parent to teach you the following skills to prevent the three common errors that lead to teen crashes:
  • Speed management - This includes always following the speed limit, as well as knowing when to adjust your speed in congested zones and residential areas, during inclement weather, and on poorly lit roads.
  • Recognizing and avoiding distractions - This means limiting the number of peer passengers, having a no cell phone or electronic device rule, and lowering radio volume.
  • Scanning for hazards - This involves observing the surroundings far ahead of the vehicle and side-to-side so that you have sufficient warning to react and avoid a potential crash.
  • Develop house rules for your first year of independent driving.

Locally, the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club is taking part in National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The club is recognizing the week with UPS Road Code, which is a teen safe driving program.

The program is offered in conjunction with Boys & Girls Club of America.

"Road safety is an issue of global concern. To address this issue, the UPS Road Code, a state-of-the-art interactive program brings UPS' safe driving techniques and methods to young drivers," according to a news release from the Boys & Girls Club.

"Our program targets youth 13-18 years of age. The A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club is among the select few to partner with UPS and this teen initiative. UPS volunteers present classroom instruction to young people in the following areas: UPS driving "code" or habits, used by all UPS drivers; consequences of hazardous and distracted driving, identifying road hazards on an interactive computer-based game; and test-driving skills on a virtual simulator."

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