Resources & Links

 

Crash Test Ratings  www.safercar.gov/  and  http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx

A guide from AAA on teaching your kids to drive. 

Useful guide to buying a safe car.

Excellent article from CARFAX on buying (and not buying) your teen a car.

Allstate Teen Driving  :   www.allstateteendriver.com (lots of parent resources)

State Farm: 
www.betterteendriving.com  (another set of resources)

Progressive Insurance: Safe Teen Driving Resources.

Farmer’s Insurance: 
http://www.farmers.com/parents_yes.html  (Outstanding video for youth featuring young people who have been responsible for terrible accidents)

Allstate XtheTXT: 
http://tinyurl.com/xthetxt  (a pledge to not text while driving)

"The Last Text"  att.com/txtngcanwait


AAA NEW Teen Driving Site: 
http://teendriving.aaa.com/AL/

These websites offer products that interfere with texting while driving, via various software technologies.  They typically only work on smartphones (Blackberrys, Droids, iPhones)

http://textecution.com/           http://www.txtblocker.com      

 

GPS MONITORING, etc.: 


There are now many products that allow parents to track teen drivers via GPS. I don't endorse any specific ones and I think there are low-cost or no-cost alternatives to some of these commercial services, including Find My Friends and similar GPS apps on smart phones. However, some of these services are excellent and highly robust. Here's an example:  http://www.iteen365.com/


Below are excerpts from a handout I provide at my parent workshops on teen driving:

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6 critical risk factors

What parents can do

Teenager Passengers

Not wearing Seat Belts
Drinking
Night Driving
Sleep Deprivation

Use of Cell Phones and other electronics when driving

Provide more and better driving training

Provide lots of experience and practice

Be smart about vehicle choices
CONTRACT with your teen

 

A RESPECTFUL, LEVEL-HEADED, FIRM APPROACH

You are going to be driving a vehicle that I own. I share with you the responsibility for what happens. If you have an accident, this family will share in the consequences. I have a duty to protect your safety and that of your passengers and people that could get hurt if you have an accident. This is serious business and I’m not going to enter into it without rules. The best way to be clear is to write them down. The best way for us to be aware of the seriousness of it is to sign it together.  That’s a contract.

  

TEEN DRIVERS WITH ADHD

       are more likely to have received repeated traffic citations, most notably for speeding.

       sustain three times as many car crash injuries as teens without ADHD.

       are less likely to be practicing sound driving habits in their current driving performance, as reported by their parents.

       are nearly four times more likely to have had an accident while they were the driver of a vehicle.

       are found to be at fault for car crashes 4 times more often than peers without ADHD.

       are 6 to 8 times more likely to have their license suspended or revoked for poor driving behavior.

       are more likely to have driven an automobile without adult supervision prior to becoming licensed drivers.

Common driving errors which lead to accidents (James McKnight)

Focus on these when teaching young people to drive

       maintain attention and avoid distractions, including electronic devices in the car;

       search ahead, such as before left turns;

       search to the side, such as when yielding the right of way at an intersection;

       search to the rear, such as when changing lanes;

       adjust speed in response to traffic or road conditions;

       maintain space between their own and other vehicles, such as correct following distance;

       respond correctly to emergencies, such as recovering from a skid or sudden swerve;

       maintain basic control of the vehicle, such as keeping within a lane, braking, and turning smoothly;

       respond to traffic controls, such as traffic lights or guidance about lane use; and

       avoid driving while impaired by alcohol or sleepiness or driving a vehicle that needs repair.

 

 

WHAT’S AT STAKE?