Your teen may hear about National Teen Driver Safety Week and roll her eyes. She may ask you why teen driver safety is more important this week than the other 51 weeks of the year. She may express cynicism about whether the activities of a safety week program can really keep her and her friends safe.
You Can Prove Her Wrong
While your daughter’s points are well taken, it is important for her, for you, and for others to recognize the good that can come from this type of event. Think about the lasting lessons that can be learned if parents and educators use this event to convince teens that:
- Driving with extra passengers in the car is dangerous.
- Driving while drunk is dangerous.
- Driving while using a cell phone or other technology is dangerous.
- Speeding is dangerous.
- Failing to wear a seatbelt—every time—is dangerous.
What if our kids understood that these things were not only dangerous, but also potentially deadly? Posters, videos, social media postings, educational events and parent talks can all help relay these messages to all teen drivers.
Please Help Raise Awareness
This year National Teen Safety Week is October 19-25, 2014. During this time, and any time after, we encourage you talk to your child about how to drive safely, to post to Facebook or write a tweet that gets your friends and followers thinking about teen driving safety, and to encourage your loved ones to have similar talks with their children. Together, we can make a difference and save the lives of our children.