Last night, I was going through some old papers when I came upon my old Learner’s Permit. It was certainly a blast from the past and I immediately showed it to my ten year-old son so he could see my old photo and so he could see what a Permit in New York State looks like. He immediately had a lot of questions about how someone gets a Permit and whether I was afraid to be able to drive for the first time. State Farm is committed to teaching young people safe driving from the moment they begin to drive to set the tone for safety in vehicles for the rest of their life.
As the mother of a child who will be eligible for his Learner’s Permit in a few years, I have some serious concerns about safety when it comes to handing him the keys to one of our cars. As an educator of adolescents, I know that young people don’t always make the best decisions due to their lack of experience and immaturity. According to a new survey conducted by State Farm, there is an alarming gap between parents’ and teens’ views on driver licensing laws. Many parents of teen drivers believe teens are obeying the law when it comes to graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws. This indicates that there is huge discrepancy between what parents think they know and what teenagers actually report.
According to the survey findings, Teens listed not thinking that police will catch them as the number one reason why they do not or will not follow the driving restrictions for newly licensed drivers. Being a mother, this finding was especially disturbing to me because it means that teens think they are invincible or “above the law” and that they don’t worry as much as they should about the consequences. Additionally, the survey showed that teens with involved and supportive parents, with regards to their driving, were half as likely to be involved in a crash. This definitely puts my mind at ease about the fact that it is possible to avoid tragedies, to some degree, by being involved and proactive.
Key Findings of the Survey:
- Only 43 percent of teens state they almost always follow the passenger restriction.
- 72 percent of teens stated they almost always follow texting ban laws.
- 32 percent of teens stated their parents monitor their adherence to the nighttime restriction law.
Personally, I want my son to make smart decisions when he is behind the wheel which is why I love the fact that State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive® initiative shares the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment and should be taught early on. Since last year, thousands of students, family, friends and high school staff members have joined this initiative in the hopes of creating more responsible young drivers.
During National Teen Driver and Teen Safety Week (October 18-26) and beyond, State Farm is committed to helping teens stay safe as they venture out on to the open road! Check out their Teen Driver Safety website which is filled with free tools, tips, and resources designed to help teens and their parents throughout the learning-to-drive process. If you are like me, you are never going to be completely confident in giving your baby the car keys without worrying, however, arming yourself and your child with these safety tips will help to put you a little more at ease.
Let’s Discuss: How do you teach your pre-teen or teen about driver safety?
Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and State Farm. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I only recommend products or services I use personally and I believe will be “family friendly.” I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
© 2013, Tough Cookie Mommy. All rights reserved.