By Morgan Montalvo
"Triple-A Texas" is debuting a new 90-minute parent-and-teen course designed to help families navigate driver education requirements while emphasizing safety and awareness behind the wheel.
"Dare to Prepare" provides families with up-to-date information on the hazards of impaired and distracted driving, as well as vehicle safety and even choosing the right driving school, said Kara Thorp, an Austin-based AAA-Texas spokeswoman visiting San Antonio Tuesday evening to launch the new program.
Thorp says the course is designed around the challenges teens face on today's roads, and emphasizes responsible behaviors before and during driver training. She says drivers ages 15-24 are most likely to be involved in a motor vehicle mishap, and least likely to wear seat belts.
"We also cover other topics, such as impaired driving, drowsy driving and just how dangerous those behaviors can be behind the wheel," Thorp said.
Dare to Prepare offers tips on choosing driver education courses and schools, what to do if a vehicle breaks down, and features a parent-teenager contract that families can use to establish the rules of the road before parents hand over the keys to their newly licensed teen driver.
Parents can enroll in Dare to Prepare at: AAA - Teen Driver Safety