Vancouver, British Columbia – Talking to teenagers about driving is key to keeping them safe when they are learning, and the British Columbia Automobile Association’s (BCAA) Traffic Safety Foundation’s In the Driver’s Seat workshops help parents, grandparents and caregivers understand the risks and manage the process of their teenager’s driving education. Please note that this marks a date change from a previously-published report: the workshop originally scheduled for February 2 will now be held on February 1, 2011.

Car crashes are the number-one cause of death and serious injury among teenagers in B.C., but research indicates that the chance of a young driver being involved in a crash can be reduced by up to one-third when parents take an active role in their teenager’s driving education.

“Good communication between parents and their teens, and good driver role modelling on the part of the parent, is extremely important when it comes to safe driving,” said David Dunne, director of road safety for the Traffic Safety Foundation. “This workshop provides tools to help parents feel more comfortable in this phase of their teen’s driving experience.”

A workshop will be held in Vancouver on February 1, 2011 at Magee Secondary on 6360 Maple Street from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register, email

For more information on the workshops, visit Teen Drivers.

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