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Drive Safe Challenge | A Great Resource for Parents with Teen Drivers

This is a partnered post with Mercury Insurance to share about the Drive Safe Challenge. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I remember being a teenager and looking forward to the day I could get behind the steering wheel of a vehicle and drive. There was something so rewarding about being able to go wherever I wanted to go, whenever I wanted to. Being an excited teenager, I never really thought about how my parents felt about me driving and being on my own. But now that I have a 14-year-old at home, I’m beginning to panic about my child reaching driving age.

Driving is such a huge responsibility and one that I didn’t even fully understand as a teenager. I wish I could go back and tell my 16-year-old self about all the things I did wrong and how dangerous it was for me and everyone else on the road with me. Thankfully I didn’t become a tragic statistic – in 2015, 3,114 teen drivers and passengers were killed and 297,000 teens were injured in car crashes.

Drive Safe Challenge

I’m really excited to partner and work with Mercury Insurance to bring awareness to the Drive Safe Challenge with a new infographic this fall. Did you know that the most dangerous time on the road falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day? But it’s even more dangerous for young, inexperienced drivers.

Teenagers need to understand the responsibility that comes with driving. The Drive Safe Challenge is a great resource for parents and young drivers.

That’s where the Drive Safe Challenge comes in. Its purpose is to help reduce, or even stop, teen driver accidents and death.

What is the Drive Safe Challenge?

Helpful Tips for Parents

The Drive Safe Challenge was designed to assist parents by teaching teens safe driving and collision avoidance techniques, laws and information, how to select the right vehicle and much more. There are many resources available that will help teens prepare for life behind the wheel.

A Drive Safe Contract

As a parent of a teen, it’s up to you to get more involved and teach your teenager about the dangers of driving. Teenagers need to understand driving is a privilege that comes with big responsibilities, including no speeding or drinking. The contract covers the most important parts about learning to drive with your new teen.

What Does the Drive Safe Challenge Contract Include?

It includes rules for teen drivers and rules for parents of teen drivers and helps to keep everyone responsible. Everyone must do their part to ensure that the Drive Safe Challenge accomplishes the goal of reducing, or even stopping, teen driver accidents and death.

I’ve learned from my children that they need to know the whys. I’m not sure if it’s just my children, but I can tell them all day not to put their fingers in an electrical outlet, yet curiosity gets the best of them. If they don’t know the whys, they will want to figure out the whys for themselves.

Explaining to your children why they need to keep their eyes on the road, why they need to obey the laws and regulations, and why they need to keep their hands on the steering wheel could be the difference between life and death. Don’t let them try to figure out the whys when it comes to driving. It’s way too dangerous, not only for them, but others on the road as well.

If you have a teen driver or soon-to-be teen driver at home, I highly recommend downloading the Drive Safe Challenge Contract and explain the whys to them. Give them the opportunity to make smart decisions in everything they do, but especially when it comes to safe driving.

Teenagers need to understand the responsibility that comes along with driving. The Drive Safe Challenge is a great resource for parents and young drivers.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.

Comments

  1. 1
    robin rue says:

    My oldest is 13 and he will be driving before I know it. I am nervous about it already. This sounds like a great challenge for teen drivers.

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    Neely Moldovan says:

    This is so great. I am already freaking out about Liam driving and hes 8 months old! I just worry so much about the distractions!

  3. 3

    I think the Drive Safe challenge sounds like a really good idea. Having a clear contract with safety rules and guidelines will be so helpful.

  4. 4

    My oldest daughter is 14 years old, I’m in panic mode too! I don’t think I will allow her to drive between Memorial Day and Labor Day! LOL That contract looks wonderful, and I think it is great thing to enforce. Avoiding any type of distractions from not only electronic devices, but from passengers, is a great way to avoid accidents.

  5. 5

    Safe driving is important and this sounds like a good challenge for teens and parents. My youngest is only in elementary school but I still worry how people drives these days.

  6. 6

    Safe driving is important for drivers of all ages but especially important for new teen drivers. The Drive Safe Challenge sounds like a great way to encourage safe habits on the road.

  7. 7

    A reminder especially in today’s world with so many more distractions for everyone. We have twins… so two new drivers at the same time. Yikes.

  8. 8

    My oldest wants to learn to drive this is a great challenge for when the driving time comes up for her.

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    Menakabharathi says:

    I do not drive yet, I get scared because of an earlier accident

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    Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Drive Safe Challenge looks awesome. When my kids all learned to drive, my first advice was for them to practice safety always. Seat belts, tire pressure, oil, gas, My children are good, law-abiding drivers. It is the crazy ones that I am scared of.

  11. 11

    WOW, this really speaks to me today! My youngest is ready to drive and the Drive Safe Challenge looks like something that interest me and my new driver. I’ve been stressing many tips to her from the moment I knew she would be getting ready to drive. This is very helpful and much needed to keep them alerted about the guidelines and safety rules

  12. 12

    This is really great! In April of this upcoming year 2018, my first born an drive in NH with a licensed adult in the passenger seat (we don’t have permits in NH). I am starting to try to learn more about safe driving for teens now to be ready!

  13. 13

    These are some great tips! Now that my daughter is almost at driving age, I want to be sure that we take advantage of these tips!

  14. 14

    Such a good idea. We had a contract for cellular use with our teen when she got her phone. Only makes sense to have one for driving!

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    Desiree Lopez says:

    I have 2 daughters old enough to drive now and it is a scary thing. It’s great that they are able to drive themselves places but of course I’m always worried about their safety. A contract sounds like a great idea!

  16. 16

    How do they go from driving their tricycles to driving cars so quickly? With future drivers watching, I need to refresh my own safe driving habits. The contract sounds like a great way to open up a conversation about driving.

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    CourtneyLynne says:

    Oooo now this looks awesome!!!! It definitely scares me to think my daughter will be driving one day.

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