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We went to the parent portion of driver's ed last night. My parents didn't have to do this... At least, if Perry starts down this path (he doesn't have a thousand places to go like Jocelyn does, so there's not a burning need), we won't have to go a second time.

Mostly, they showed us videos of crying parents of dead teenage drivers, and teenagers doing stupid things in cars, and exhorting us to install spyware on our kids' phones so we could tell if they were speeding. There was a little practical advice about how to actually get the road test scheduled, and a cool plug for an extreme driving school which sounds interesting and fun for grownups too, as well as helpful. I know I paid a whole lot more attention to the road right after I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course -- and I keep thinking I should retake it since it's now been almost two decades since I took it.

Anyway, one of the things they said was that the draconian junior operator laws had decreased teen accidents by 50%. Well, we had earlier learned that teen driving is down about 50% from when we were kids. So, does that mean that the per capita crash rate is the same? One can never know...

Date: 2019-03-23 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] apparentparadox
There was an interesting study in the UK (I believe) about how distracting it is to have phone conversations while driving. They studied experienced/new drivers on the phone, as well as new/experienced drivers having a conversation with someone else in the car who was a new/experienced driver. One of their findings was that an passenger who was an experienced driver themselves would modulate their conversation as the road conditions changed. Thus, when traffic got heavier or something was going on, they would speak more slowly or with bigger gaps of silence between sentences. This allowed the driver to pay more attention to the road. This shows how rules about teen drivers not having teen passengers might help reduce accidents -- even though the issue really isn't the age, but driving experience.

Date: 2019-03-24 12:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wrog
I had to google "Junior Operator Laws" -- I suppose it's not impossible WA has something similar but if so, they call it something else. (you can tell I haven't had to learn about this stuff yet; Philip is never going to be driving, so yay on that, I guess...).

But geez, 90-day suspension for 1st-offense speeding. Yes, I'm sure keeping everybody's licenses suspended will cut down on accident rates. (Of course, I'm still bugged about MADD's antics to get the drinking age raised back in the 80s...)
Edited Date: 2019-03-24 12:27 pm (UTC)

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