Truck Driver Teaches Safe Driving Habits to Teens at Monroe High School
ALBANY, GA - Walb.com writes that a truck driver is helping teach new drivers safe habits at the Monroe High School. The driver logged more than one million miles in a tractor-trailer without having a single accident. The 24-year trucking veteran shared stories about dangers he has seen on the road and gave tips on how to avoid risky situations.*
One point the driver made was that a truck that is traveling at 65 miles an hour would require distance equal to the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop. The driver says in his time on the road, he has seen plenty of inattentive drivers putting on makeup, working on computers, and reading books while operating a vehicle.
As a father, the driver says he now understands the fear that comes with sending your kids out on the road knowing the dangers they will face. It is important to teach teens safe habits, but also for new drivers to understand what to do in emergencies. Even safe drivers are at risk on the road because they share it with others who may not be as cautious.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, driving is a leading cause of death for teenagers. One of the main issues these new drivers face is inexperience. Driver’s education courses are not able to teach drivers the right way to react in emergencies when there is little time to think.
In addition to letting teens practice in a safe or supervised environment, parents should ensure that their children have driving rules, such as not traveling with other teens in the vehicle. The more teens in a car, the greater the risk of a crash.
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Sources:https://www.walb.com/2020/01/29/monroe-high-students-learn-about-safe-driving-truck-driver/ and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html