Skip to main content
Global Edition
Monday, January 25, 2021

'Teen Driver Safety Week': How you can continue the conversation in your family

Credit: WKBW Buffalo
Duration: 02:14s 0 shares 1 views
'Teen Driver Safety Week': How you can continue the conversation in your family
'Teen Driver Safety Week': How you can continue the conversation in your family

All week long we've been going in-depth for you to help you keep your teens safe when they're behind the wheel.

ALL WEEKLONG--WE'VE BEENGOING IN-DEPTHFOR YOU--TO HELP YOUKEEP YOURTEENS SAFEWHEN THEY'REBEHIND THEWHEEL.WE TOLD YOUEARLIER THISWEEK --A MAJORITY OFTEENS--MODEL THEIRDRIVING HABITSON THE WAYTHEIR PARENTSDRIVE.BUT NEARLYHALF OFPARENTSSURVEYED IN ARECENT STUDYFROM LIBERTYMUTUAL AND"SADD" --PRACTICEDUNSAFEDRIVING HABITS.28 PERCENT OFTEENS SAYTHEIR PARENTSJUSTIFYUNSAFEBEHAVIOR.THIS STUDY --IS NOW SHININGA SPOTLIGHT ONONE THING THATEXPERTS AGREEON:PARENTS ARETHE NUMBERONE INFLUENCEON HOW THEIRTEENS DRIVE.WE'VE BEENSPEAKING WITHSTUDENTSAGAINSTDESTRUCTIVEDECISIONS ALLWEEK LONG--BRINGING YOUTIPS ON HOW TOKEEP YOURTEENS SAFE ONTHE ROAD.AND THENATIONALHIGHWAYTRAFFIC SAFETYADMINISTRATIONSAYSTEENS WHOSEPARENTS SETGOODEXAMPLES--ARE INVOLVEDIN FEWERCRASHES--AND TYPICALLYENGAGE IN LESSRISKY DRIVING.BUT THATMEANS SAFEDRIVING STARTSWITH YOU, THEPARENT.PARENTS OFTENTIMES FORGETTHAT THEY HAVETHE EXPERIENCEAS A DRIVER TOBE THAT COACH .SO HOW CANYOU BEGIN TOCOACH YOURKIDS?THE N-H-T-S-ASAYS YOUSHOULD FOLLOWTHESE FOURSTEPS:-START THECONVERSATIONEARLY --AND KEEPDISCUSSINGSAFE DRIVINGPRACTICESOFTEN.ONCE YOU HAVETHATCONVERSATIONGOING---SET THESTANDARD BYSHOWING YOURKIDS SAFEDRIVINGBEHAVIOR.PRACTICEMAKES PERFECT,AS THEY SAY.AND THE MORETIME THATPARENTS CANSPEND WITHTEENS INSIDETHE VEHICLE,PRACTICINGUNDERDIFFERENTCIRCUMSTANCES, THAT'S THEROADWAY TOKEEPING MOREPEOPLE SAFE,PARTICULARLYYOUNG PEOPLEAND IT DOESN'TEND WHEN YOURTEEN GETSTHEIR LICENSE.WHEREVER YOUMIGHT BE GOING,HAVE THEMDRIVING YOUAND CONTINUINGTHATCONVERSATIONBECAUSE YOURROLE AS ACOACH NEVERENDS.ONCE THEYSTART DRIVING ---SPELL OUT THERULES--NO CELLPHONES, NOPASSENGERS,NO SPEEDING,NO ALCOHOL, NODRIVING WHENTIRED, ANDALWAYS BUCKLEUP.THESE RULESCOULD HELPSAVE YOURTEEN'S LIFE.AND LASTLY---GET IT INWRITING.SET UP APARENT-TEENDRIVINGCONTRACT THATLAYS OUT THECONSEQUENCESFOR BREAKINGTHE DRIVINGRULES YOU ANDYOUR KIDS SET,TOGETHER.AND "SADD"SAYS YOUSHOULD ALWAYSFOLLOWTHROUGH.DON'T JUST STOPBEING THECOACH WHENYOU HAND YOURTEEN THE KEYSAND THEY GOOFF SOLO.YOU CAN FINDALL OF OURTEEN DRIVERSAFETY WEEKCOVERAGE--AND LINKS TOHELPFUL GUIDESFOR YOURFAMILY--RIGHT NOW ONWKBW DOT COM.

Advertisement

Related news coverage

You might like

More coverage