Back to school rolls out across Metro Atlanta in fits and starts over the next two weeks. It means more young drivers on the roads during rush hour traffic... and parents with white knuckles trying to teach their kids to drive.
"Just be careful, you know how people pull out," Kelly Colucci of Cumming is helping her daughter Mia learn the rules of the road.
AAA launched extensive studies around teen driving and found their three most common mistakes: poor visual scanning, speeding, and distraction.
Now Colucci has help in the palm of her hand from a new mobile app called Auto Coach.
"It really gives me peace of mind that I'm telling her everything she needs to know," she said.
The app was developed by injury prevention experts at the Shepherd Center, where an entire floor is filled with young patients with spinal chord injuries.
"Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of injury," Emma Harrington, Director of Injury Prevention and Education Services for Shepherd Center, said. "The whole reason behind this app is to see fewer patients here."
The free app comes with a complete curriculum that gives parents the tools to teach their teens to become safe drivers. They can also use AutoCoach to track their teen's time behind the wheel, since 40 hours of supervised driving are required to get a restricted license.
"I like it. It helps me, and it really helps my mom," Colucci's daughter said.
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