TALKING TO YOUR TEENThe 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.
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
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.
Be clear and direct – don’t sugar coat – when discussing behaviors in need of correction.
These will not always be easy discussions for your teen. Acknowledge their discomfort and truly listen to what they have to say.
Let your teen know that you’ve “been there, too.” Share tales of your own early driving days.
Recognize the progress your teen is making. Find ways to reward success.
Create a distraction-free environment for your conversations – one free from the sounds of the TV, radio and other technology or people.
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.