Sunday, October 18, 2020, kicked off this year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week hosted by Parachute. The aim of this year’s campaign focuses on speeding, impaired driving, and the dangers of railway tracks for your driving teen. You might be asking yourself, “so what can I do as a parent or guardian to help alleviate these risks from my teen driver”? First, bringing awareness to the topics is essential, next your teen needs to have the skills and education to make the correct decision while in the driver’s seat, and last, your teen requires a good example to follow.
Driving Teen Statistics
First, let’s take a look at some of the statistics to better understand the severity of the issues of this year’s campaign. Click on the following cards to learn some of the statistics:
The main issue surrounding teen driver safety is that many teens are unaware of how quickly a fatality can occur, especially when speeding and substances are involved. If you have not already done so (or maybe you have and your teen could use a refresher), go over the statistics of teen injury and fatality from collisions. The more information they know about the risks, the more likely they will think before making a possibly life-changing decision while behind the wheel. Below are some helpful links to use as resources:
"Over" Educate & Practice Skills
When possible, it is important to enroll your teen in a driver’s training program before they begin to drive independently. Driver’s education programs create a solid foundation for your teen’s driving. It is also just as important for you as a parent or guardian to practice the skills that your teen learns in driver’s ed. Practicing with your teen will allow them to make better decisions quickly when they begin to drive independently. All states require that your teen has a certain amount of practice hours…try to exceed the expectation. Drive with your teen in different conditions and new areas!
Not sure where to start with practicing your teen’s driving skills? Visit www.coachingnewdrivers.com to learn more about our program for parents and teens!
Be a Good Example
I cannot stress this step enough! You, as a parent or guardian, need to ensure that you are driving safely! Your teen will not understand the high risk they are faced with if they see you partaking in dangerous behaviors such as driving under the influence or speeding. Show them exactly what it means to drive safely and how to avoid unnecessary risks.
At Coaching New Drivers, our number one concern is road safety for your teens. Together let’s work to bring awareness to the issue, address the issue through skill training and education, and lead by example!
A&E. (2019, May 22). Live PD: A Teen with a Need for Speed. [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNeua1rjxH4
CBC News. (2020, September 20). Safety concerns raised after 5 Manitobans die in collisions at railway crossings in 5 weeks. Retrieved from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/cn-rail-train-safety-fatalities-manitoba-portage-collisions-rail-crossings-1.5731359
CDC. (2020). Teen Drivers: Get the Facts. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html
Parachute. (2020, September 9). National Teen Driver Safety Week. Retrieved from https://parachute.ca/en/program/national-teen-driver-safety-week/
Poor Judgement. (2017, June 20). Train Crash Compilation Part 1. [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GduFDV_oY2s