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According to a recent survey, the number of high school seniors driving has dropped significantly in recent years. Many teens cite lack of funds as a reason for staying in the bike lane. But concerned parents may also be putting on the brakes when it comes to teen drivers—and with good reason.

Did You Know?

The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group.

Unfortunately, teens are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash. While that stat may be a stop sign for concerned parents, lack of experience contributes to the likelihood of these critical driving errors.

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Rather than curtail driving, the National Safety Council (NSC) has another idea: parental participation. Before you hand over the keys and become a passenger, here are six tips to remember:

1. Stay involved. Spend at least 30 minutes with your teen while they practice driving and continue to monitor their driving habits after they get their license.

2. Remain calm. Shouting, gasping or grasping the dashboard will only make your teen more nervous. If you’re too anxious to get in the passenger’s seat, ask your spouse or a trusted friend or family member to take on the task.

3. Prepare them for the worst. Once your teen gets the hang of things, take your teen to a safe, empty parking lot to practice when it’s raining or at night. Show them how to operate the lights, windshield wipers and defrosters as well as brake testing and visibility.

4. Be supportive. Positive reinforcement builds confidence.

5. Set a good example. Remember that every time you get behind the wheel—not just during driving lessons—your child is taking note.

6. Make an agreement. Use Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Agreement to establish ground rules and potential consequences for breaking them. If your teen signs on the dotted line, make sure you hold them to it. It’s a sure way to help them understand the serious responsibility that comes with having a driver’s license. To own up to some of these responsibilities, students across the country are pledging to put their cell phones down and focus on the road. Since texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distractions facing teen drivers, Allstate’s national “X the TXT” campaign aims to create awareness and give students the opportunity to pledge not to text and drive. To learn more about “X the TXT,” click here.

With safe driving everybody wins, and Drivewise® will even reward you for it. As an Allstate customer, you can earn rewards for your everyday safe driving with Drivewise®. From savings on your auto policy to Allstate Rewards® points, your safe driving gets you more.* Plus, get feedback and insights on your driving and tips on how to stay safe behind the wheel. The safer you drive, the more rewards you can earn.

Contact an agent today to learn more.

*Drivewise® is optional. Insurance feature is not available in every state. Subject to terms, conditions and availability. Smartphone and download of Allstate Mobile with activation of Drivewise® required. Savings based on driving behavior and may vary by state. No quote or purchase of insurance necessary to participate in Allstate Rewards; rewards unavailable in NY. Allstate Rewards points vary based on specific behaviors.

 

 

 

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