Graduates of medical school are not expected to immediately perform surgery. Instead, they take what they learned through their education and are asked to adapt it to real world scenarios with the help of a more experienced doctor to show them the path. At iDrive, we believe this philosophy should be replicated in other fields, especially something that can be as potentially dangerous as driving.
Too often, when a teen passes their driving test, it is assumed they are ready to go it alone. In truth, there are aspects to driving that can only be gained from logging significant hours behind the wheel, especially with an experienced driver, like a parent. Passing the test doesn’t mean you are a professional driver, and parents do have influence on their teens more than they think, especially on the nuances of everyday driving.
Parents aren’t alone in this teaching process though. There are a number of national campaigns and awareness weeks that can provide knowledge and understanding to new drivers. A couple of examples are Click it or Ticket for seatbelt safety, Checkpoint Strike Force for drunk driving and National Safe Teen Driver Week. These types of awareness weeks have been successful to the point that other countries have started initiatives like these. We found a campaign in New Zealand that was recently launched to help improve the road safety records of teen drivers there, with the goal of, “support[ing] parents by providing practical advice and free tools [for safe driving] via a dedicated new website.”
At iDrive, we can teach the rules of the road and the behind-the-wheel fundamentals, but the learning process should not end there, and we ask that parents and new drivers work together to make the roads safer.