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Celebrate My Drive

Monday, June 30, 2014 · Filed Under:

October is “Teen Driving Safety Month! So if you kids are driving or close to learning to drive, now’s a great time to reinforce good habits! Steve took his daughter Lori and son Wynton out for a driving lesson. Watch the video to see how they did!Plus, check out the great tips below provided by State Farm!

TIPS FOR PARENTS

1. ALWAYS set a good example.
a. Wear your seatbelt every time and insist passengers buckle up, too.
b. Stow your cell phone when you’re behind the wheel.
c. Don’t drink and drive.
d. Keep two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel while driving.
e. Eliminate all distractions.

2. Teach the basics.
a. Scan for hazards.
b. Obey speed limits.
c. Use your turn signals.
d. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and signals.
e. Keep a safe following and stopping distance.

3. Practice, practice, practice.
a. Conduct as much supervised practice behind the wheel as possible.
b. Vary the routes, time of day and driving conditions to ensure your new driver gains confidence in a wide range of situations.
c. Provide hands-on supervised training in heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions.

4. Establish and enforce ground rules.
a. Explain the consequences of unsafe behaviors and other hazards common for new drivers.
b. Establish house rules for young driver’s safety. Consider a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement.
c. Discuss consequences for rule violations and enforce them.

5. Stay involved after your teen is driving alone.
a. Remember parents influence a teen’s driving behavior more than anyone else.
b. Focus on SAFETY rather than control.
c. Monitor where your teen is going, who else will be in the car and when he’s expected home.


TIPS FOR TEENS

1. Settle into the driver’s seat.
a. Wear your seatbelt every time and insist passengers buckle up, too.
b. Stow your cell phone when you’re behind the wheel.
c. Don’t drink and drive.
d. Eliminate all distractions.

2. Remember the basics.
a. Scan for hazards.b. Keep two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel while driving.
c. Obey speed limits.
d. Use your turn signals.
e. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and signals.
f. Keep a safe following and stopping distance.

3. Respect the dangers.
a. Know that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens.
b. Remember teen drivers (ages 16 to 19) are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers (ages 25 to 69).
c. Keep in mind 58% of teen drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt in 2011. 50% of passengers killed in crashes were not buckled up.
d. Recognize critical driver errors due to inexperience contribute significantly to crashes.

4. Embrace the freedom and responsibility
a. Respect and protect your fellow drivers.
b. Take responsibility for your passenger(s) and stop distracting behaviors.
c. Ask a parent to ride along during challenging driving conditions, like heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions.
d. Follow the rules so you can continue to enjoy the freedom driving brings!

Click here to learn more about Celebrate My Drive by visiting their Facebook Page.

How do you think Lori & Wynton did on their first driving lesson?




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