Important Information for Parents and Teen Drivers
Over the past 20 years there have been many changes to the requirements for getting a leaner's permit. Schools cut funding to classroom Driver's Education programs and private business and colleges took over offering the classes. In the past few years on-line driver's education was approved because of lack of state funding for these programs. On-line driver’s education has become very popular for obvious reasons to parents and students. However, convenience is not always the best choice especially went it comes to your teen's safety. Please read the below accident statistics taken from the California Highway Patrol and California Driver Handbook.
- 08.A.01 (6) Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
- 08.A.01 (3) One person is killed every two and a half hours in California, and one person is injured every 2 minutes as a result of a traffic collision.
- 08.A.01 (2) There are between 450,000 and 500,000 traffic accidents reported annually in California alone. About 60% of these accidents involve property damage only, 39% involve injury to a passenger, driver, or pedestrian, and about 1% result in death.
- 08.A.01 (4) Although drivers under 30 years of age account for only about 23% of licensed drivers, they comprise about 35% of all drivers in fatal and injury collisions.
- 08.A.01 (5) Teenage drivers have total accident rates which are 4 times that of adults.
- 08.A. 01 (1) Traffic Accidents are consistently one of the top 5 causes of death in the US. Although some accidents are unavoidable, the sad truth is that thousands of lives would be saved each year if drivers were aware of the physical, psychological, road, and weather conditions which increase accident risk and took defensive steps to insure safe driving.
The following is taken from Allstate Foundation Report on Teen Driving 2012
- A total of 2,524 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013. This is 71 percent fewer than in 1975 and 11 percent fewer than in 2012. About 2 out of every 3 teenagers killed in crashes in 2013 were males. Since 1975 teenage crash deaths have decreased more among males (75 percent) than among females (60 percent).
- In 2013, the latest year for which data are available, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death among 13-19 year-old males and females in the United States.
- In 2013, 56 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers.
- In 2013, 52 percent of the deaths of teenage passengers in passenger vehicles occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 14 percent occurred when a teenager was driving.
- Fifty-four percent of motor vehicle crash deaths among teenagers in 2013 occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
- In 2013, teenagers accounted for 9 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. They comprised 9 percent of passenger vehicle (cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans) occupant deaths among all ages, 5 percent of pedestrian deaths, 3 percent of motorcyclist deaths, 10 percent of bicyclist deaths and 15 percent of all-terrain vehicle rider deaths.
- Talking on a cell phone while driving gives you the reaction time of a 70 year old.
- Using lap/shoulder belts can reduce the risk of dying in a car crash by 45%.
MiraCosta offers both classroom and on-line Driver Education, however, we strongly recommend our classroom driver education classes. There is no comparison to the level of interaction and instruction that is offered in our classroom setting. Students who take on-line programs can easily skim through material and finish the class within hours even though the DMV requires 25 hours of instruction. They statistically fail the permit test much more often than students who complete classroom driver education. Our classroom driver education strives to teach your teen the rules of the road and the seriousness of driving. It also includes:
- 28 hours of classroom instruction (includes breaks)
- Brand new edition of License to Drive, the most comprehensive driver education and training handbook
- DMV Handbook
- DMV Handbook Master Test (270 questions to accompany the handbook)
- Provisional Driver’s Examination for the California Vehicle Code and Safe Driving Practices (Mock permit tests)
- Stimulating videos about safe driving practices, defensive driving, rules of the road, and driving under the influence.
- Audio/visual aids, class discussions and occasional guest speakers
- DMV certificate of completions and enrollment required by the DMV to issue provisional permits and driver licenses
- In class behind-the-wheel information and sign up
- Vision test required to issue student license
- DMV driver license application
Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding choosing the right program for your teen.