November is National Teen Safe Driving and what’s more important than your teen being undistracted while they’re in a 2-Ton machine. Help reduce risky behavior by as much as 70% and have your teen arrive alive!
Getting your driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teens. It also brings a lot of responsibilities. In spite of safer cars, better laws and more input from parents, car crashes remain one of the top causes of teen deaths.
While no state has laws strong enough to fully protect new teen drivers, they play a critical role in their own development as good drivers.
How can you warn your teen about the dangers of distracted driving without sounding like a Charlie Brown’s Teacher?
Remember – you’re the boss! You make the rules and are ultimately responsible for ensuring they’re followed.
Peer Pressure – Not just at school! Drinking and Driving! Street Racing! Teens are not only susceptible to obvious dangers such as speeding or cell phone use, but also to peer pressure that may influence them to make risky decisions.
When your teen is new to driving, he or she doesn’t have the experience to recognize distractions and may not be aware how dangerous they may be.
3 Reasons Why Parents Need to Talk to Teens About Safe Driving
- Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens
- Often people other than the teen driver get injured or killed.
- About half of teens who died in car accidents weren't wearing a seat belt.
Parents often face many concerns and fears for their teen’s safety on the road. Don’t make assumptions about what other drivers are doing…
Parents are the key to safe drivers.
FREE Classes are available for both Teens and their parents through the San Diego County Sheriff Start Smart program.
Distracted and reckless driving are at crisis levels. Impact Teen Drivers offers FREE resources to parents, teens, educators and community members.
Lead by example! Answering that text while you’re on the I-5 heading South is NOT a good way to show your teen that distracted driving can lead to injury, and possibly death.
Watch your speed! Kids miss nothing so keeping to the speed limit will also be a great lesson.
Start Ground Rules Early!
Drive Smart – Avoid Distractions
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