*I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of the Allstate Foundation and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
This June, my oldest is turning eleven years old and I am bracing myself to address some of the changes that will arise due to his being a tween and eventually a teenager. Believe it or not, he is already asking me about when he will be able to drive and it is definitely a topic that I am apprehensive about because I understand the safety concerns that are involved with teen drivers.
Many years ago, my teenage cousin was driving his parents and sister home from a family gathering when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed. He and his father died in the accident and his mother and sister spent weeks recovering in the hospital. Due to this traumatic incident, I have always been afraid of the day that my own sons would finally get behind the wheel.
The Allstate Foundation understands the importance of making driving safety a family affair and communicating with teen drivers. This past week, I had the pleasure of participating in a teleconference with Jorge Monsivais who is the Hispanic community spokesperson for Allstate Insurance.
As the parent of a teen driver himself, he has a unique perspective on the issue of teen driving safety. During the teleconference, we discussed the findings of the “¡Vamos!” or “Let’s Go!” survey which is the first-ever national survey looking into the attitudes and behaviors of Hispanic teen drivers and parents. The survey found that seven out of 10 Hispanic parents were unaware that car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens.
Most Hispanic parents, 42 percent, assumed drugs and alcohol were the number one cause of teen deaths. Additionally, concerns over driving safety and the need for teens to be more responsible were cited as the leading causes for Hispanic teens delaying getting their drivers’ licenses. The Allstate Foundation has created new driver education resources available for parents in Spanish and English to help make the next generation of drivers safer.
Here are some of the tips that Jorge Monsivais gave all parents for communicating to their teen about driving safety:
- As parents we need to set aside time to drive with our teen a minimum of 30 minutes per week.
- Key points to discuss with teen drivers are no speeding, turn off cell phone while driving, and wear seatbelt at all times.
- Encourage teen drivers to sign a safe driver agreement.
- Ask your teen not to allow any teen passengers for the first six months of driving.
- Coach teen drivers on driving process as well as set rules for safety.
It is important to create a culture of teen safe driving and parents are the number one resource of information when it comes to learning to drive for teens. Thanks to the Allstate Foundation, parents can access many resources to help keep their teen driver safe on the road, thereby making the rest of us on the road safer too!
Let’s Discuss: How do you model good driving safety for your children or teens?
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