AAA: Motorists Support More Education, Practice for Teen Drivers

nj licenseWhile New Jersey’s teens face a number of license restrictions during their Graduated Driver License (GDL) period, motorists overwhelming believe they would benefit from more education and practice.

According to a survey released by AAA, motorists support measures that would require practice hours and a parent-teen orientation.

The AAA Clubs of New Jersey have long advocated to include these provisions as part of the GDL.  In 2012, the Senate and Assembly passed legislation that would have created a parent-teen orientation program, but the bill was vetoed by Governor Christie.

“Apprehension over the willingness of parents to attend these courses has often been cited as the objection to mandating such a class, but the results of our survey should put those concerns to rest,” Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said.  Seventy-two percent of motorists survey supported an in-person or online parent-teen orientation.

Parents and teens who attend AAA’s Dare to Prepare program or the Share the Key’s program provided by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, have found that the time spent learning about the GDL provisions, the facts behind the provisions and best practices for putting teens on the road to a lifetime of safe driving, is time well spent.

“These results show that motorists believe these types of programs are critical to keeping teens safe on the roadways,” Noble said.

An even greater majority, 80 %, believe that New Jersey should join the other 46 states in requiring practice hours before receiving a full license. In the past, AAA has supported a bill that would require 50 practice hours, including 10 nighttime hours.

“The best way to learn to be a safe driver is practice behind the wheel in all road conditions with an engaged supervising driver,” Noble said. “Our survey shows that motorists feel the same way and the only way to ensure that teens are getting practice time behind the wheel is to make it part of the GDL requirements.”

About the poll: This is an analysis of a telephone survey conducted among 1,000 New Jersey motorists in November, 2013. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 3.1% at the 95% confidence interval. [TLS]

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  1. All I know is AAA raises their rates every year and I stopped renewing. I am not interested in paying for their advocacy. People should act similarly and try to get them to lower their ridiculous rates.

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