TALKING TO YOUR TEEN

The power of conversation is your most valuable tool.

Communicating with your teen can, at times, be difficult. With all the distractions of high school – friendships, dating and after-school activities – they’re engulfed in a world that often keeps them away from home. And even when they are in the house, chances are they’re not looking for a heart-to-heart conversation. But, truth is, these are the times teens and parents most need to talk, especially when a new driver’s license is part of the picture. Having common expectations for when they’re behind the wheel can literally be a matter of life and death. Let the Teen Safe Driver Program help get those conversations going.

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ON AVERAGE, TEENS REDUCE THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF HIGH-RISK DRIVING EVENTS BY MORE THAN 70 PERCENT IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THE TEEN SAFE DRIVER PROGRAM.

Tips for Talking with Your Teen

  • Time

    Set aside a regular time to meet and review Teen Safe Driver results. This way, everyone can prepare in advance and you’re not competing with other activities.

  • Discuss

    Be clear and direct – don’t sugar coat – when discussing behaviors in need of correction.

  • Recognition

    These will not always be easy discussions for your teen. Acknowledge their discomfort and truly listen to what they have to say.

  • Make Time

    Let your teen know that you’ve “been there, too.” Share tales of your own early driving days.

  • Make Time

    Recognize the progress your teen is making. Find ways to reward success.

  • Make Time

    Create a distraction-free environment for your conversations – one free from the sounds of the TV, radio and other technology or people.

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Does this program "invade" a teen's privacy?

The in-car technology is not a monitoring device and is only used to record events when the motion sensor is triggered. No other footage is stored. Since incidents are only documented when high-risk driving behavior occurs, teens control when the device is activated. Parents can only view the sights and sounds of risky driving behavior, and that information is strictly confidential.

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