Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Drive the Way You Want Your Teen to Drive

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The First Year of driving for Teenagers are among the most exciting and dangerous. The number one killer for teens are car crashes. "More than 12 young people losing their lives in car crashes each day.  As their parents, we want to keep them safe—and we can, if we understand the risks teenagers face. We can help them beat the odds by staying involved as they gain experience over that first year, as they transition from novice to experienced driver. DriveitHOME is a resource for parents. We encourage you to refer to and share proven, effective ways to help our teen drivers through this most dangerous year…and beyond."​​​​​-DriveitHOME
Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not because they take more risks behind the wheel. 
**Other teen passengers are one of the biggest distractions for teen drivers.
 **Just one teen passenger raises a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44 percent. 
**Texting while driving is another distraction. Encourage them to drive NOT text!
**Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight **More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained by a seat belt.
 We can help them beat the odds by staying involved as they gain experience over that first year, as they transition from novice to experienced driver. We encourage you to refer to and share proven, effective ways to help our teen drivers through this most dangerous year…and beyond.​​​​​​​ 
 Download the New Driver Deal, a road map to safer driving you can discuss with your teen. 
Sign up for the Digital Driving Coach for tips and lessons you can practice with your licensed teen. Stay involved with your teen driver. 
Share your experiences—challenges, tactics, tips, and what’s working for you—with other parents. 
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Practice with new drivers: Sit beside them as they drive and schedule 30 minutes of practice time each week—before and after they get their license—to check in and see how they are doing. Set a good example: Drive the way you want your teen to drive. Your sons and daughters have learned from you all their lives. They don’t stop learning now that they have their license. 
Sign the New Driver Deal: The New Driver Deal is a written agreement which helps define expectations – for parents and teens. Let teens earn privileges: The best way teens can show they are ready for new privileges is to show they can handle the ones they have been already given. Parents should discuss their feelings about teen driver safety with each other: It can be tough enforcing rules with your teen when the parents of their friends don’t follow suit. It also can be dangerous for your teen to be a passenger in a car driven by a teen given too many driving privileges too soon. Make sure you know where other parents stand on teen driver safety and tell other parents about your feelings.

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