According to The Century Council, underage drinking and driving fatalities are down almost 60 percent since 1991. However, thousands of teenagers die in vehicle accidents each year. The Century Council went to University High School to not only test the students’ knowledge about driving, but collect data for a national survey.
Ashley Faulkner, a UHS student and member of the FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) applied to have Stacey Berger and The Century Council come to UHS. Faulkner pursued the partnership “As an idea to gather data and inform students on safe driving habits and different things on distracted driving.”
“It’s a teen driving safety program and new drivers think they know everything,” said Berger. “The challenge shows the students that they need to do a little homework to do if they want to make honor roll.”
During the program, students answered questions about what could cause them to be distracted while driving and The Century Council tracked each answer the students gave for the questions.
“We’re collecting data for a national study. The National study is going to be used in classrooms across the United States,” said Berger. “This way teachers can more effectively educate their students on teen driver safety based on what they already know.”
The ‘I Know Everything’ quiz is a good way to prepare young drivers for common driving mishaps. Some students were surprised at how much they knew, and didn’t know.
The Century Council will be traveling across the United States to do these surveys at different high schools. They expect the research to be done by the end of the 2014 school year.
Please visit our Safe Driving Tips for West Virginians page to learn more about accident preparedness and safe driving tips.