Free presentation of applying Car-Smart technology to help parents with teen drivers

Posted at 8:35 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 20:35:37-05

A local Tampa driving instructor is offering a free presentation from his teaching experiences to help parents become better teachers themselves. 

AAA found parents don't prepare their teens to drive as well as they did a decade ago. 

The survey consisted of 142 driving instructors across the country and found 65 percent said the decline in quality parental involvement added to the challenges of young drivers. 

James Meier with Car-Smart Kids will offer four free presentations on Thursday to help parents understand how to better instruct their kids. 

He explains how the roads are different than when they learned to drive, "there's a population increase, there's a lot more drivers on the road, you didn't hear about road rage as much, there weren't electronic distractions in the vehicles."

Meier will discuss rising teen vehicular accidents, challenges to teaching millennials, boosting parent education to a professional level and alternatives to professional driving lessons. 

After four decades as a driving instructor Meier created a new driver education program that incorporates all of his techniques into a multi part series online or DVD. 

For $40.00 the program will "home school the parents" by enhancing parent led driver education. 

The presentation will offer insight into the program and how parents can be leaders on the road. 

The seminars start at 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:45 a.m., and 1:45 p.m. 

It will be held at the Carrollwood Cultural Center at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. 



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