For teens, getting their driver’s license is a fun and exciting time that generally means more freedom and more responsibility. For parents, it generally means more anxiety and stress and a bigger insurance premium. For teens, there are dangers that can arise in driving that their more experienced parents learned from years of driving experience. However, some teens never get that experience. For one teen’s father, he has dedicated his life to helping the parents of teen drivers avoid what he went through – the loss of a child. Fox 5 Atlanta reports.
Tim Hollister, an author from Connecticut, lost his son Reid in a car accident nearly 12 years ago in 2006. He’s spent the past decade working with other advocates to try and get tougher driving laws passed in order to save teen lives.
More recently, Hollister has worked with other safety advocates to pen his second book, “Not So Fast.”
The book outlines what Hollister considers to be the top five dangers when it comes to teen driving. Those dangers, under the acronym P.A.C.T.S., mean Passengers, Alcohol and Drugs, Curfews, Texting, and Seatbelts. The most important thing, Hollister says, once you hand over those keys – is to be a parent and not a friend.
Among the things that Hollister advocates against is to allow your teen to shuttle other siblings around town. Younger siblings, particularly young children, can be more distracting than teen peers. Hollister also asks parents to consider that “there is no such thing as a team driver.”
In this, Hollister points to scientific research, the brain isn’t fully developed until ages 22 to 25 and the last part to reach full development is the one that perceives risk and avoids danger.
Hollister has partnered with Hum, a device that plugs into the dashboard of the car and sends real-time information about a teen’s driving to their parent’s phone. This includes speed and location alerts. The device also includes vehicle diagnostics and maintenance reminders as well as provides emergency roadside assistance.
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