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Support National Teen Driver Safety Week

Start planning now to help implement activities at your school or in your community during  National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW). Now in its 8th year, NTDSW is a time designated by Congress annually to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. NTDSW takes place October 19-25, 2014. Last year's theme was 'It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving,' and thousands of parents across the country used the NTDSW platform to reinforce this safety theme with their teens.

Whether your teen has just begun practice driving or is now driving alone, you should expect your teen to support your role as driving teacher by being respectful and by taking an active role in learning to drive. Your teen should expect you to model safe driving behaviors and to offer support throughout the learning-to-drive process. Here are some tips to promote the important role you and your teen play in developing a safe skilled driver during NTDSW and throughout the year:

  • Provide your teen with 65+ hours of supervised driving practice. This total may seem daunting, but you can do it. To accomplish this task, keep a driving log and follow a driving lesson timeline to ensure that you give your teen lots of varied practice while learning to drive and careful monitoring for the first year after licensure.
  • Create the right learning environment. You and your teen need to discuss and set clear expectations for each other. This means staying calm, being respectful, and giving appropriate and timely feedback. When your teen resists certain rules put in place for safety, don't get mad. Instead, turn the conversation around. Here's how
  • Know what your teen doesn't know. Research shows that parents may misinterpret driving skill deficits in their teens as intentional risk-taking or lack of attention to detail. A recent CHOP study also found that 75 percent of serious teen crashes were due to a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes: driving too fast for road conditions, being distracted, and failing to detect a hazard.
  • Be sure to teach your teen critical driving skills.
    Make sure your teens' driver education instructors include scanning during their lessons. Also be sure to ask for the instructors' expert advice to help reinforce effective scanning habits with your teen. Here are some other tools to help you: - See more at: http://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/driving_lesson_timeline/for_parents#sthash.xqBFoC6J.dpuf
    This is not due to preference but because they just don't know how. Make sure your teens' driver education instructors include scanning during their lessons. Also be sure to ask for the instructors' expert advice to help reinforce effective scanning habits with your teen. Here are some other tools to help you: - See more at: http://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/driving_lesson_timeline/for_parents#sthash.xqBFoC6J.dpuf
    Help your teen develop these skills to prevent the three common errors that lead to teen crashes: speed management, recognizing and avoiding distractions, and scanning for hazards. Learn more.
  • Develop house rules for your teen's first year of independent driving. As your teen follows the rules and shows maturity, consider increasing driving privileges. Learn more 

 

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Get your friends involved in creating a NTDSW campaign at your school that helps teens and parents set clear expectations for each other to develop safe skilled drivers. For campaign ideas, visit the Ride Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care Facebook page. To help other teens do the right thing as a passenger and a driver, learn about messaging to motivate.

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SPREAD THE WORD!
Get your friends involved in creating a NTDSW campaign at your school that helps teens and parents set clear expectations for each other to develop safe skilled drivers. For campaign ideas, visit the Ride Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care Facebook page. To help other teens do the right thing as a passenger and a driver, learn about messaging to motivate.

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Facebook Logo - See more at: http://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/get_behind_national_teen_driver_safety_week_ntdsw_/teen#sthash.wBjJjmfS.dpuf

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