CLEVELAND CLINIC, OH-- A new study found teens may benefit from a web based program that allows them to practice driving even before they go for their license.
Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia studied 217 pairs of parents and teenagers with a learner's permit. Nearly half the group used a web based program supervised by their parents, which allowed them to practice driving on various roads and in various conditions. The others used a driver's manual only.
Dr. Ellen Rome said, "There are some really good teen driving safety online modules that a parent and a kid can go over together and get that kid to be a better driver."
Results showed six percent of the teens in the group allowed to practice with the web based program had their on road driving assessment ended because of poor performance compared to 15 percent of the teens in the group learning to drive from the manual only.
Researchers said supervised practice with the program appeared to improve a teen's driving performance. "It can help a parent to plan out which intersection and have concrete goals. We're going to try the highway this day. We're going to try the parking lot of the busy mall or grocery store this day," said Dr. Rome
Complete findings for the study, "Intervention Appears to Help Teen Drivers Get More, Better Practice" are in the journal "Jama Pediatrics."