AAA Teen Driving Workshop

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Because car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens, AAA Hawaii is launching "Dare to Prepare" free educational workshops at Hilo Hattie's on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15-16, designed to help parents and teens prepare for their most dangerous years on the road. The workshop is open to the public.

Each year, 15,000 teens, ages 16-19, are killed or injured in vehicle crashes. AAA has successfully spearheaded several laws to place additional life-saving restrictions on Hawaii's novice drivers, but many parents and teens may be unfamiliar with the requirements.

"Dare to Prepare" provides critical information that parents and teens, ages 14 and 15, need to know before teens take the wheel. The fun, interactive workshop explains to parents and teens why teen drivers crash. It also provides tools and guidelines to help parents and teens go through the challenging learn-to-drive process. Participants will receive educational tools and resources to take home to help prepare them for driving.

Each session is a one-night program from 6-8 p.m. at Hilo Hattie's (Plumeria and Hibiscus rooms), 700 N. Nimitz Highway. Free parking available. Space is limited, reservations required, and a parent or caregiver must accompany participating teens. To register or more information, please call Diane Beirne at 800-223-3138.

"Teen drivers are inexperienced and often engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel due to a lack of reasoning skills," said Anita Lorz Villagrana, AAA Hawaii's manager of community programs and traffic safety. "Dare to Prepare aims to jumpstart the dialogue about safe driving between parents and teens."

Each two-hour presentation also will review:

· Parents' and teens roles and responsibilities, including insurance

· Understanding Hawaii's Graduated Driver Licensing components

· New Auto Club parent-teen driving agreements

· Practical tips on teaching teens to drive

· Additional resources and educational tools that can help.

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