Parents Working Together
Educators can motivate parents to get the safe teen driving conversation started, whether through one-on-one talks with the parents of their teen's closest friends or a group discussion at a parent/teacher meeting, booster club social, sports team event, or Back to School Night forum.
Supporting National Teen Driver Safety Week
National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to preventable teen deaths and injuries on the road. Get involved by sharing messaging with other parents and supporting NTDSW activities in your community. (Learn more.)
Hosting Safe Parties
High school parties happen. You can encourage parents to set the standard for safety by making it known that parties at their homes will end well before the driving curfew and that alcohol will not be served on their property.
Using A Code Word
Occasionally teens or their friends slip up. Here is a safety net practice you may want to encourage other parents to implement. Have them talk to their teen and select a code word to repeat through phone or text that signals parental help is needed, without asking questions or getting a lecture. (Learn more)
Sharing Behind-the-Wheel Training
It's hard to admit, but some parents may feel they're not the best choice to teach their teens to drive. If the relationship is strained or a parent has a tough travel schedule, the best option may be to ask a friend/coworker or a trained driver education instructor to take on that duty. Some families get inventive and recruit a safe, experienced driver to spend time with their new driver. A trusted aunt or uncle, mature college student, or mentor may be willing to take on this task.