OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Unchecked blind spots and unused turn signals top the list of surprising mistakes made by new drivers during their lessons, according to a new survey of more than 200 DriversEd.com behind-the-wheel instructors. The survey results were released as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 18-24), during which driver training leader eDriving – the parent company of DriversEd.com and I Drive Safely – is giving away more than 2,000 hours of online driver training for teens.
Top Three Surprising Teen Driver Mistakes & Tips for Parents of New Drivers
For the survey, DriversEd.com asked its state-licensed drivers ed instructors to list the top three driving mistakes they observe teens make during their on-the-road lessons. Best known across the country for its interactive online driver education courses for teens, DriversEd.com also operates one of the nation's largest behind-the-wheel programs, with professional driver training instructors and state-approved behind-the-wheel driver training schools in California, Texas, and Georgia.
Instructors' top three surprises were:
- Cockpit Confusion: Whether it's mixing up the wipers and the turn signal, or the gas pedal and brake, a surprising number of learning students don't know their way around the inside of the car. TIP: Parents should make sure that teens get well-acquainted with the location of important vehicle controls before the car is put in motion. Every time a teen drives an unfamiliar vehicle, taking a couple minutes to get acquainted with the controls is essential.
- Blind to Blind Spots: Despite being told over and over, many new drivers don't check their blind spot before changing lanes, merging, or backing up. TIP: Parents need to demonstrate good driving behaviors when they're behind the wheel and reinforce this critical check while practicing with their teens.
- Is the Turn Signal Broken?: Every car has a turn signal. Too many new teen drivers don't use them. TIP: Parents must be good role models, signaling every time they change lanes, turn or otherwise should be using a signal. They should expect the same of their teens.
"Our behind-the-wheel instructors work with thousands of teens and their families every year to help them develop the skills and perception necessary to be smart, skilled drivers," said Celia Stokes, CEO of eDriving. "Parents play a critical part in the process – as role models, coaches, cheerleaders, disciplinarians, and more. While this can be one of the most stressful stages in a parent-teen relationship, it is also one of the most important to get right."
The eDriving 2,000 Hours of Driver Ed Giveaway
As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, eDriving is giving away more than 2,000 hours of online driver training for teens. The giveaway supports the national "Five to Drive" campaign being led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and safety groups across the country as part of NTDSW.
"eDriving is proud to support National Teen Driver Safety Week," added Stokes. "Through our DriversEd.com and I Drive Safely brands, we offer online driver education courses that provide high quality, convenient foundations for the learning-to-drive process for teens and their families across the country. Many of these students then continue on to take behind-the-wheel lessons with our DriversEd.com instructors, making us a key partner with families."
Due to varying state laws around teen driver education and the company's current footprint, the eDriving giveaway is focused on the two states that have the most teen driver crashes nationwide: California and Texas.
To enter to win one of the 35 I Drive Safely California Online Drivers Education Courses for novice drivers (30 hours each), California teens 14 and older can email CA_Sweepstakes@eDriving.com. To enter to win one of 15 DriversEd.com Parent-Taught Drivers Education Courses for novice drivers (86 hours each), Texas teens should email TX_Sweepstakes@eDriving.com. The courses have a retail value of $64.95 and $149, respectively. Find full rules for the giveaway at eDriving.com.
eDriving is the leading provider of online driver education and behind-the-wheel training solutions serving teenagers, adults, contract drivers, and corporations nationwide. eDriving brands include DriversEd.com, the largest provider of online and behind-the-wheel novice driver training, and I Drive Safely, the largest provider of online driver improvement courses. The company is uniquely positioned at the convergence of the consumer appetite for apps and wearable devices that capture and control personal data and behavior; the growing focus on distracted and unsafe driving; and the emergence of usage-based insurance models. In addition to product innovations, the company also partners with leading brands to help them deliver relevant products and services within the rapidly evolving driving marketplace.