Parent Involvement

Mar
12
2013

Why is parent education so important?

By DriveitHOME

Parental involvement is a critical element of a teen driver’s learning process. In this video, John Ulczycki, vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Safety Council, discusses why parents need to coach their teen drivers.

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Feb
19
2013

In our own words – Jerry Assa

By DriveitHOME

Submitted by: Jerry Assa

Brian was an unbelievable person. He touched everyone who knew him, and to know him was to love him. Brian was the kid that all his friends’ parents liked. He was helping so many people with their problems and never wanted anything in return. A friend always said Brian would marry her daughter and be her son-in-law. He was very popular. He wanted to go to the University of North Carolina and wanted to be either a math teacher or an accountant. Brian also wanted to have three children and go on vacation to Israel with me.

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Jan
18
2013

Introducing the GDL Game Plan for Coaches

By DriveitHOME

Guest blogger: Pam Fischer

With high school sports underway, athletic directors and coaches are busy juggling practices and games as well as classroom and administrative responsibilities. So asking them to take a few moments to review a pamphlet about New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program, is probably not on the top of their priority list. But if the information outlined in the pamphlet could potentially save a student athlete’s life, I’m betting it just might get their attention.

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Jan
1
2013

The role you play

By DriveitHOME

According to NHTSA, more than 5,000 people die every year in teen-related car crashes, and teens are not the only ones dying. Teen drivers’ high crash risk affects their passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers. Keeping teens safe on the roads is the responsibility of everyone: parents, teens, friends, neighbors, educators, legislators and organizations.

What Parents Can Do

Parents should go beyond their state’s GDL laws and what is taught in driver’s education programs.

Parents should:

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Dec
7
2012

A Teen’s Perspective: How to start a youth initiative

By DriveitHOME

Teens must understand the role they play in keeping themselves safe and their peers safe behind the wheel. Becoming involved in a teen-led safety group at school is one of the best ways to learn about the issue and spread the word through creative and innovative activities. One of the most rewarding things about high school was my involvement with the school’s SADD Chapter because we did so much to help our peers understand why they needed to make good decisions, on and off the roads.

Schools without teen-led groups can start them. It’s easy!

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Nov
22
2012

Parents, renew your commitment to keeping teen drivers safe

By DriveitHOME

From: Charlene Sligting, National Safety Council

Charlene Sligting is the Victim Advocate for the National Safety Council. Charlene manages the HEARTS Network, which provides a national platform for victims of teen driving crashes who want to share their stories to help reduce crashes and keep teens safe behind the wheel. HEARTS, which stands for Honoring Everyone Affected, Rallying The Survivors, is managed by the National Safety Council and initiated in part by The Allstate Foundation.

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Nov
8
2012

Nov. 8 is national Parents as Teachers Day

By DriveitHOME

There are many opportunities for teachable moments when parents ride with their teens. The driving environment often includes complex situations such as left turns, passing on two-lane roads, driving at night and scanning roads for pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Coaching teens as they learn to drive is incredibly important, especially since teens cite their parents as having the most influence over their own driving behaviors.

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Oct
15
2012

National Teen Driver Safety Week – seven days of safe driving lessons

By DriveitHOME

Parents with new drivers should be vigilant about safe driving every week of the year. This week (Oct. 14-20) is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and it is a good time to reiterate the importance of safe driving with your teen.

Make a point to discuss one aspect of safe driving each day with your teen. Here are some things to review:

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Sep
6
2012

Engaging teens in their own learning process

By DriveitHOME

As parents, we often believe we know what teens want and what is best for them. Sometimes it is better to assume the opposite; sometimes our teens can teach us.

Working to change the culture of teen driving cannot happen without help from the teens themselves. They need to be big advocates for their own safety. Here are some tips for helping your teen driver take an active role in his or her own learning process:

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Jul
26
2012

Getting your teen the experience he or she needs while learning

By DriveitHOME

Many parents believe teens crash because of their behavior behind the wheel. In actuality, inexperience is the leading cause of teen crashes. A teen driver’s crash risk is highest during the first six months and 1,000 miles of driving independently. You can help combat these risks by following the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing laws and continuing to ride with your teen even after the required supervision period ends.

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