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S.T.E.P. - Safe Teens, Educated Parents
Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011

By: Staff Writers

Mom, Dad: Your teen's safety is up to you. The S.T.E.P Program -- Safe Teens, Educated Parents -- educates parents on the risks teens face when they begin driving. And explains what to do about them! If you'll follow through the steps of the S.T.E.P. Program you'll know a lot more about keeping your teenager safe.

Follow the S.T.E.P. Program and you'll very likely be able to save substantial money on insurance while safeguarding your precious son or daughter.


 

As parents you deal with all kinds of issues as your child grows toward adulthood. Sex, body piercing, social adjustment at school, how to handle bullies, dating, drugs and alcohol...the list goes on. But ask yourself: Which of these can actually take the life of my child?

Then, ask that question again, but this time about driving. Put it in the context of allowing your son or daughter to get behind the wheel of a 3,000 to 4,000 pound car that can go 100MPH.

Face it. The most dangerous time of your entire "parenting career" begins when your teenager begins to drive solo. That's usually during the "Intermediate" phase of the Graduated Driver Licensing program in your state. Statistics show over and over again that crashes, citations, injuries and fatalities skyrocket when young people begin driving on their own. Solo. Without your guidance.

The steps below give you clear, logical steps you can take to parent your teenager through the "learning to drive safely" process. Sure. You want them to drive. You want to eliminate the "take me everywhere I need to go" taxi service. But before you hand over the keys to the car, take a few minutes to follow the links below and decide what steps you will take to keep him or her safe and alive.

They're excited! You're concerned. Now you can quit the "taxi service." But this is also the time to decide how you can keep them safe when they're away from you, on the road.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us by email or phone.

Here's What You Can Do Right Now

Driver's Ed isn't enough to ensure safe driving. Teens need rules and guidelines around driving.

#1 Download a copy of the Safe Teen Driving Pledge (it's free) and spend time with your son or daughter defining the rules for your family.

#2 Then go to the STORE at our web site. You'll find a free 911 FOR PARENTS Family Guide that explains the risk factors your teen faces, and what you can do about them. Resources at the end of the download provide even further helpful material.

#3 A simple but effective add-on to the car your teen will be driving - the "Newly Licensed Driver" magnet. Let others know there is a new driver in tha car to begin driving solo.

#4 Get them into advanced training using the teenSMART® collision avoidance course. You could save his life and save as much as $1,000 in insurance cost over his teen years.

#5Learn the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws in your state. Visit here for resources and details on GDL laws to learn your legal responsibilities and those imposed on your teens by state law.

Most of this is preventable. Look over the guidelines above and choose to put them in place in your family.

#6 Add a GPS driving monitor to the car and coach your teen on a daily basis. Become a "virtual passenger" everywhere he drives. Driving monitors, GPS and others, serve as powerful deterrents against dangerous driving behavior. As a parent, you've got every reason to know how your son or daughter is driving; this makes is easy.

#7 Get your teen reading! Teenage Roadhogs was written by a teen for teens. See more at Teenage Roadhogs

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Do all you can to prevent that call or visit from the police when your son or daughter is out on the road. These 21st century services can and do save lives, reduce the chance of crashes, property damage, lawsuits, citations and injuries.

We are focused on delivering innovative products and services proven to reduce crash rates and keep drivers safer. Use them to teach, mentor and coach your teen, especially when they're in their first year of driving solo.

Mom & Dad: Their under your influence and control.
It's all up to you.










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