Iowa DOT launches new app to help parents teaching their kids how to drive

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WATERLOO, Iowa – The Department of Transportation says 99 people have died from car crashes so far this year. There were 317 total deaths last year.

They say parents can play a big role in making Iowa roads safer, by focusing on their young drivers. So the Iowa DOT brought a new phone app to the state that can help get teens road-ready before they get their license.

The Road-Ready app allows parents and students to log their supervised driving hours. It also has lessons, tips and tricks on teaching teens how to drive.

Operational Analyst Kathleen Meradith-Eyers says, “Very few people utilize any resource other than their own personal experiences when they’re teaching their teens how to drive, and this app is designed to help make the process easier, more engaging, and more effective.”

Meradith-Eyers saying she hopes this can help keep young drivers safe. “The more parents are involved in teaching our teens how to drive, the less likely they are to become involved in a crash.”

We want to stress, this app is free and focused on young drivers before they get their license. Here in Iowa, you can obtain a permit as young as the age of 14-and-a-half.

The Iowa DOT says this is part of the supervised driving program. Iowa is the 27th state to get this program and app. The DOT partnered with the Safe Roads Alliance for this safe driving initiative.

Click here if you would like to learn more information.




Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

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