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October 2016

New Driver Checklist for Parents and Teens

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The time has arrived – your teen is learning to drive!
This will not doubt be a memorable experience for both of you. We have put together a helpful checklist to help parents prepare for the road ahead!
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for teenagers because they lack the necessary driving experience. Many states have implemented a Graduated Driver Licensing program that introduces teenagers to driving in phases to help them gradually – and safely – build their skills and experience behind the wheel. Check to see if your state has implemented the Graduated Drivers License law. This program allows your teen becomes more prepared to handle adverse conditions as they gain driving experience and driving maturity.
Like it or not, Parents are the role model and coach, for your teen driver. They watch what you do and will look to you for your guidance and expertise. Some important aspects of your job include:

  • Knowing and enforcing the driving laws.
  • Knowing the stages of your state licensing laws. (A Graduated Licensing program includes three phases: Learner’s License, Intermediate License, and Full Privilege License.)
  • Enroll your teen in a Driver’s Education course.
  • Always supervise your new teen’s driving.
  • It is critical that parents enforce and certify their teen have completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving.
  • Set family driving rules and limits and impose consequences for violations. A great parent resource is a parent-teen driving contract.
  • Talk with other parents about teen driving and safety.
  • Choose a safe vehicle for your teen.
  • include safer driving smartphone apps to help both you and teen see areas of improvement.

These are just a few points parents can use to help teach your teen to be a safe and confident driver. Please help encourage your teen to be a safer driver.

Support Teen Driver Safety on Kickstarter

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DriveBetter is available for pre-order on Kickstarter for a limited time. Please join us in our campaign to encourage safe driving habits for the entire family.

Early backers can save $100!

Andre was worried about his daughter Sophie when she started driving. Now DriveBetter can give him piece of mind. DriveBetter also helps Sophie drive safer with relevant and timely tips to improve her driving.

Learn more and watch our video on our Kickstarter.

DriveBetter measures your driving

DriveBetter measures the symptoms of bad (or good) driving. Each driver earns a score. The score is based on a number of alerts:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving / swerving
  • Hard braking
  • Aggressive acceleration
  • Rough roads (e.g. curbs, too fast thru dips)
  • Accidents

Along with the score, the DriveBetter coach provides helpful tips to improve your score. For example, if your score has excessive hard braking this indicates distracted driving or following too close.

Parents make a difference

Parents know how hard it can be to get a teenager to listen, and how attached they are to their phones! So, we leverage their beloved phone to effectively to reach them.

Research indicates that parent involvement is a key factor in reducing car crashes for teens. Driving is a privilege and a responsibility. Therefore, we built DriveBetter as a tool to help parents be involved in encouraging safe driving habits.

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Parents are key to a safer teen driver

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The ninth annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW for short) 2016 kicks off Monday, October 16 and runs through Sunday, October 22, 2016. This full week is designated by Congress each year to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 19 year-olds in the United States. A recent study released by AAA and reported by CBS This Morning.

“The number of teenagers involved in deadly car crashes is rising for the first time in nearly a decade. New data from federal regulators reveal a 10-percent increase last year in teen driving deaths. Teens are more than one-and-a-half times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash.”

Scare tactics and using tracking-type devices alone aren’t the answer. Research shows that teens understand they are vulnerable and are well aware of many risks. Instead of battling with your teen, focus on positive actions your new teen driver can take to drive safe and the importance of keeping their passengers safe can be a more powerful message for teens.

During NTDSW, we are asking parents, grandparents and/or loved ones to take action to help prevent teen driver crashes and promote safer driving habits – learn how you can make a difference today with DriveBetter.

National Teen Driver Safety Week 2016

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National Teen Driver Safety Week takes place October 16-22, 2016.

This is good chance to talk about driving safety.

5 simple rules for your teen driver before they hit the road. Help them drive better:

  1. No cell phones
  2. No extra passengers
  3. No speeding
  4. No alcohol or drugs
  5. Buckle up

Video by US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA).
The USDOTNHTSA’s mission is to save lives on the nation’s highways.