Parents using video game to help teen drivers stay safe on the road

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 08:12:46-04

BALTIMORE — According to AAA, the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers are between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Parents are turning to something many kids are already good at to keep teenagers safe, especially those just learning to drive.

The idea is many kids have experience playing video games on an Xbox or PlayStation, so why not use those skills to learn how to drive.

The game is called Driving Essentials, and it addresses some of the main causes for deadly crashes such as distracted driving.

AAA said teenagers are the riskiest drivers on the roads. There are about 10 deaths every day during the summer in car crashes involving teen drivers.

The three main causes of deadly crashes are speeding, drinking and driving, and being distracted.

The Driving Essentials video game lets kids experience the consequences of their actions behind-the-wheel from the safety of their home. It’s another tool for parents, driving students and instructors.

During the summer months, there’s a 14-percent increase in deaths involving teen drivers.

While driving essentials is a game, concern for the safety of young drivers is not.