Safe Driving Resources for Teens in Florida
School’s out for summer, and while the title of the classic Alice Cooper song can strike nostalgia, the phrase also means much more. Summer is an exciting time, especially for school-aged children. There are opportunities to travel to our beautiful beaches, pick up friends for the movies, go out to dinner… the point being, there are increasingly more inexperienced drivers on the already dangerous South Florida roads.
Driving in South Florida
Car accidents seem like a regular occurrence in South Florida. You might see a car accident on the side of 1-95 or in the headlines of our newspapers. Recently, Boca Raton was struck with a heavy tragedy. On May 30 around 12:30 AM, a car crash on Camino Real killed three teenagers, two adults and left five children between the ages of 12-14 seriously injured. The 18-year-old driver of the car was speeding when he lost control and crossed the median. The car hit a light pole before landing on top of another vehicle carrying two adults.
Our hearts break and our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those involved in the accident, as well as for our community.
As our community heals from this tragedy, we recognize the importance of safe driving habits, especially for young drivers. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Take advantage of the safe driving resources for teens and help make the streets of South Florida a safer place. Many carriers offer discounts for the completion of driving courses, too!
Safe Driving Resources for Floridians
Provided By: Safety Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Overview: Your child will learn defensive driving techniques, traffic laws, critical decision making, and risk factors for teen drivers.
How to Enroll: At any PBC high school or by calling 561-845-8233
Provided By: The Florida Sheriffs Association
Overview: Created in 2007, the Teen Driver Challenge covers various topics ranging from vehicle dynamics and aggressive driving to evasive maneuvers and skid control.
How to Enroll: Use the Florida Sheriffs Association’s Find A Program Website
Provided By: I Drive Safely
Overview: Children ages 14-17 can take their TLSAE course online, providing everything they need to get their permit. Save yourself a trip to the DMV and have your child take the permit test online.
How to Enroll: Visit the I Drive Safely website. The cost is $37.95.