Drive It Home Teen Driving Safety Program

Drive It Home Teen Driving Safety Program

Thank you to the Allstate Foundation and National Safety Council for sponsoring this post. Check out Drive it Home, a website by and for parents, dedicated to keeping our teen drivers safe.

Do you know how many hours of practice someone who does nails has to have in order to do your manicure?  400!  How about how many hours of practice a hair stylist needs to cut your hair? Try 1500.  Think about those numbers for a minute….you’re probably thinking “Good! I don’t trust my looks to just anyone!”

Now, take a guess how many hours teen drivers are required of practice before they get their driver’s license.  2,000?  5,000?  Nope.  Try 45.  FORTY-FIVE!  Let that little piece of information sink in for a bit.

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That fact is just one of many I learned while attending the Drive It Home Virginia Beach event tonight.  This event was a real eye-opening experience and one that left the audience laughing, crying, and thinking.  Attendees were presented with several comedy routines with important messages concerning teen driving and how parents can help their teen become more prepared and safer drivers.  Then the teen driving safety program switched to statistics and facts to further prove how crucial it is for parents to be active participants in their child’s driving education.  Finally, the program ended with a father telling his story of losing a teen son to a fatal car crash.  The message was clear and we all left with a renewed purpose to protect our children.  How you may ask? By educating them in not only how to drive, but who to drive with in a car.

If you’re a parent of a teen driver (or soon to be one) I strongly encourage you to visit the Drive It Home website. There are tons of resources for you to help make your child’s driving experience more safe. And check out info for Drive It Home Show here.

Here are some facts that you should read about teen driving safety:

  • One of the most dangerous years in a person’s life is the first 12 months after getting a driver’s license. Annually, there are about two million teens under the age of 18 in their first year of driving on U.S. roads, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports.
  • Research from The Allstate Foundation shows nearly half of parents express regret about not monitoring their teen driver after they get a license, and more than two-thirds wish they spent more time practicing driving with their teen in high-risk situations. To educate parents on driving risks, the Allstate Foundation is helping NSC launch Drive It Home, a new program offering specially created resources to help parents keep their teens safer on the road, especially after a teen gets a driver’s license.
  • Designed by parents for parents, the unique program includes an interactive website – driveithome.org – featuring engaging videos, practice tips and other valuable resources.
  • As part of Drive it Home, the Drive It Home Show is hitting the road, stopping in 14 cities across the country giving parents a fun look at the serious subject of teen driving. The show will feature the comedians of world renowned Second City Communications and safety experts as they help parents understand the real hazards teens face on the road, better coach teen drivers and learn about state teen driving laws.
  • Parents don’t understand the most deadly risks to their teen driver. Research shows that inexperience is the No. 1 cause of teen crashes, but 74 percent of parents inaccurately believe that risk-taking is the leading cause.
  • Despite the fact that nine in 10 parents say it’s very important for teens to learn to manage night driving and driving with passengers, one in three parents admit they have not adequately covered these items with their teen.
  • Nearly 30 percent of parents are not setting rules around some of the most dangerous behaviors including nighttime driving and passengers in the car. Many parents also don’t require their teen to get permission before driving somewhere.
  • Sixty-four percent of parents are actively looking for resources to help manage their teens’ driving experience.
  • Among the lifesaving recommendations and resources at driveithome.org:
  • Drive at least 30 minutes each week with a newly licensed teen.
  • Practice specific skills together and provide teens with feedback in the following critical areas:
  • Scanning the road ahead to recognize and respond to hazards.
  • Controlling speed, stopping, turning and following distance.
  • Judging the gap between vehicles in traffic – such as when exiting parking lots and making left-hand turns.
  • Managing the highest driving risks, such as nighttime driving and with young passengers in the car.
  • Also at driveithome.org, parents can sign up to receive weekly driving practice tips and suggestions via e-mail, and print, discuss and sign a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement.

Topic: Teen Driving




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