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Survey: Teen Drivers Need More Practice, Education [AUDIO]

More than seven out of 10 New Jersey drivers in a AAA survey support more education and practice for teenage drivers.

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According to the survey, 72 percent of people questioned said they support parent-teen orientation programs for driving, operated by AAA or the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. AAA runs a program for parents and teens called “Dare to Prepare.” In addition, New Jersey has a parent-teen orientation program called “Share the Key.”  According to AAA, parents and teens who complete one of these programs consider it time well spent.

Tracy Noble of AAA Mid-Atlantic said teens need to practice behind the wheel, but not only on sunny, dry days.

“Be also in the rain, in the snow, at dusk, nighttime, so that they are familiar with all of the different aspects of driving,” Noble said.

Noble said New Jersey is one of only four states that does not mandate a certain number of driving practice hours for teen motorists. In most of the states that do mandate a certain number of practice hours, parents and teens keep a log of the number of driving hours, and submit it to the state to certify that they have met the requirement.

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