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Parents wish they did more to help teens with drivingTuesday, March 19, 2013

Category:Car & Maintenance Tips

A teenager getting a license can be a stressful time for parents as it is, and many parents wish they did more to improve their child's driving ability, even after they got a license. 

According to recent research form the Allstate Foundation, nearly 50 percent of parents regretted not monitoring their teen driver after they had obtained their license. In addition, more than 66 percent indicated they wished they spent more time practicing high risk situations with their teen. 

"We know from our research that parents are the No.1 source of information for teen drivers, yet 40 percent don't know car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens," said Vicky Dinges, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Allstate. "Drive it Home can help protect teen drivers, educate parents on the crucial role they play in the driving process, and help ensure our sons and daughters return home each and every night."

Allstate also showed with its research that 74 percent of parents were incorrect in believing that risk-taking was the leading cause of teen car accidents when in fact inexperience is the No. 1 cause. The data also showed that nearly 30 percent of parents are not establishing rules around certain dangerous behaviors, like driving at night or having passengers in the car. 

"Parents are looking for information that can help them manage their teens' driving experience and need additional tools that take a variety of non-traditional approaches to capture their attention," said Janet Froetscher, chief executive officer at the National Safety Council. "The National Safety Council researched the behaviors and messages that appealed most with parents and used it to inform the Drive it Home program. We know different parents respond to different kinds of messages."

Froetscher added that one technique they use is humor, adding that while this is an extremely serious issue, they know that comedy can appeal to everyone, while at the same time finding ways to relay important tips, tools and statistics into the content for the program.

Act as a role model
One of the most important ways to get your teen driving safer is to act as a good role model. Monkey see monkey do. Many teen car accidents are a result of distracted driving, so parents need to set ground rules and never partake in talking or texting on their phones while driving. 

If you want your teen to have cleaner car its also important to lead by example. Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats are the best way to keeping a car's interior clean and good way to show teens responsible care for a car.