Here I am live-blogging the alcohol and teen tutorial at All-Star Driver, the nation's largest driver ed school, headquartered in Watertown, Connecticut. Thanks to the change in the CT law, teen crashes are down. But alcohol remains, well, a threat.
Driving "sober" isn't just a matter of the absence of alcohol, hammers Steve Janelli. The 7 teens nod in agreement. Steve provides the example of having a fight with your boyfriend. The odds are high that if you get into the car with your boyfriend after that he might not be driving "sober."
This slides into a briefing about emotions and their possible impact on driving. The takeaway here is clear: If you are upset, don't get behind the wheel. If someone else is upset, don't get into their car either.
Although the consequences won't include the legal and monetary ones associated with drunk driving, they can also be severe. Obviously this makes sense to the 7. They are alert and jump in with comments. Steve, although a Baby Boomer, is a skilled group leader.