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Coach Your Teen

Talking with your teen about safety behind the wheel is really important. That’s why we’re giving you what you need to help make that conversation as easy as possible.

Take The Pledge
To Be A Safe
Driver

Mutual Driving Agreement

Download and sign the agreement with your teen.
Together, commit to being safe drivers.

Stand Up To Peer Pressure

Sure, driving’s fun. But it’s also a big responsibility.
Learn how to help your teen prepare for the pressure that
comes with life behind the wheel.

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While driving can be fun, it's also a serious responsibility. Take this fact, for example: When a teen driver has just one other teen passenger in the car, the risk of having a fatal crash doubles.

Now, we’re sure that you don’t agree with your friends about every single thing, right? 

So why would you agree with them about the best decisions behind the wheel? We encourage you to be your own person. We know that after spending some time learning here – and on the road – you’ll be qualified to make your very own decisions….the right decisions.

As a teen, you will be faced with all types of pressure to fit in. That includes behind the wheel. It's not always easy to have friends pressuring you to do things you shouldn't.  That's why we'd like to help you prepare in advance to have the courage to stand up for your own life when you find yourself in these difficult situations.

 

YOUR PARENT – YOUR PARTNER

Ask your parents to talk you through some difficult situations before they happen, and how they could help you respond without embarrassment! No one cares more about your life and your safety than your parents, so they'll be happy that you asked them for help.

 

SITUATION

You are being asked to get in a car with a driver who has been drinking, taking drugs, or you know engages in other dangerous behavior like texting and driving.

STEP 1

You work out a "code word" with your parents in advance to cover this exact situation.  Before getting in the car, you text it to one or both of your parents.

STEP 2

When that parent receives that code word, they know to call you immediately.

STEP 3

This allows you to say to your friends, including the driver of the car: "I'm in big trouble.  My Dad (or Mom) just called.  I have to wait here for them to come pick me up.  See you guys later!"

Remember, it’s, possible to have friends that are both cool AND responsible. Choose your friends as carefully as you choose your clothes and your taste in music. Because there's nothing less cool than friends that may make decisions that put your life and others in danger. Don't be afraid to speak up and voice your opinion. True friends will listen and understand when you don't feel comfortable in a situation.


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How To Coach Your Teen

Watch videos, get tips, and learn lessons from a professional
driving coach that’ll help keep your teen driver safe.

How to be a Better Driving Coach

You have more influence on your teen’s driving than anyone else. Put it to good use.
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Episodes

  • How to be a Better Driving Coach
    You have more influence on your teen’s driving than anyone else. Put it to good use.
  • The Most Important Safe Driving Tip
    Parents, check out an important tip to help your teen be safe behind the wheel.
  • Why Parent Coaching is so Important for New Teen Drivers
    Parents are the most important part of their teen’s safety on the road. In fact, it’s up to you to coach your teen right, so they can hit the road safely.
  • Parents Are the Best Driving Coaches
    These parents talk about being better driving coaches for their teens. What they learned is quite interesting actually.
  • Distracted Driving
    Everyone knows phones are distracting while driving. But what about the radio?
  • Safe Driving Games
    Driving should be fun. Check out these games you can play with your teen.

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The Distracted Mind

Check out a short film from TED about why it’s important
to stay focused on the road.

The Distracted Mind

Everyone knows we're not supposed to multitask while driving, but do you know why? Refraining from texting, changing the radio, or talking to other people in the car isn't just cautionary advice from your parents and driver's ed teachers. It turns out your brain literally can't focus on too much at once. Check out this short film from TED and Toyota to learn why.
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Episodes

  • The Distracted Mind
    Everyone knows we're not supposed to multitask while driving, but do you know why? Refraining from texting, changing the radio, or talking to other people in the car isn't just cautionary advice from your parents and driver's ed teachers. It turns out your brain literally can't focus on too much at once. Check out this short film from TED and Toyota to learn why.

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