Like every parent, I want to keep my kids safe yet allow them to grow
and enjoy an increasing amount of freedom in the process. Safety is
always on my mind. Because telling my kids anecdotes, statistics and
pleading with them to PLEASE be careful is not enough, I have researched
other ways that I can help reduce their risk of a car crash. There is
one short video that shows a mother having "the talk" with her teen and this talk is about driving safely. There are
also some phone apps that can control your urge to look at your phone
with every incoming text. I have placed on this page information and tools that I
find useful, I hope you will too.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
This is the link to the pdf document from the CDC Parent's are the Key is a program from the CDC to assist parents in their persuit of helping their children become safe drivers. As part of this program, the CDC has determined Eight Danger Zones for Teen Behind the Wheel. This is the link to the corresponding PDF document with tips for parents for each of the danger zones listed below. Eight Danger Zones for Teen Behind the Wheel
Do you recall the days of your own kids fighting in the back and wishing you had a fly swatter or a flip flop handy? Imagine a teenager driving and having this type of distraction. How will they react?
- National Safety Council
Parents and Community Members $12
Students and Staff $8
Student Directory $7
Graduated driver licensing laws can help reduce the risk of car crashes by 20-40%? Graduated Driver Licensing laws (GDL) are restrictions that are in place for drivers after they receive a learner's permit and before they turn 21. These laws restrict the number of passengers under 18 that a driver can have in his vehicle, cell phone use, seat belt use and driving hours. Graduated Licensing Laws changed in 2013 and could change again. Here is a link for the current GDL laws for the state of Texas follow this link: GDL laws for the state of Texas
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
I love technology and I find that every time I hear the sound of a notification from my phone, I get distracted. I know it is nothing important, but it still calls me to pick up my phone and check. Although turning my phone off or placing it in the trunk may be the best option, my kids and I often use our phones as a GPS device and it needs to remain on throughout the drive. This is why I wanted an app that I could easily use, that would stop notifications when driving and alert anyone texting me that I was driving and would respond later. These are my favorite apps for Android Phones and iPhones.
This free App blocks texting,
Snapchat, Facebook, etc. while driving and provides tips for improving
your driving. Here is their website address
Another free app that disables texting once your vehicle has reached a certain speed. Their website is http://www.txtshield.com/#txt-shield-free.
MyAutoReply automatically responds to text messages with an automated response. You can select from one of their three pre-set responses or customize a new one. It has to be turned on before you drive and when you turn it off, it gives you a log of all calls and texts. All notifications are silenced when it is on. http://moblico.com/apps/gallery/myautoreply
This is an app for Android or Blackberry phones. This app reads text messages and emails aloud and sends an automated message, to let those that text you know that you are driving. It turns on automatically if your phone is synched to the Bluetooth in your car. You can download the app here at http://www.drivesafe.ly/download/
AT&T DriveMode is a free app for ATT customers. This app "helps you avoid distractions from text message alerts and incoming calls while you are driving. When enabled, incoming alerts are silenced, sending text messages are restricted and incoming calls go directly to voicemail. The app turns on when it detects you are driving 20 MPH or more and turns off when you drop below 20 MPH for 2-3 minutes. Parents with young drivers can receive a text message alerting them if the app is turned off."- download http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23185
"Stop distracted driving and help save lives. Download Canary on your phone and your teen’s phone, and receive notifications in real-time when your child is engaging in risky behavior. " This app is available for Android and iPhones. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/canary-teen-safety/id558536599?mt=8.
Parent-Teen agreements are a great tool to start a conversation with your child about what you expect of him when ever he gets behind the wheel of a car. The parent-teen agreement from the AAA also has the parent agree to picking up and driving their child when he/she is in no condition to drive regardless of the situation or time. Below you will find the link to the parent-teen agreement from the CDC and the one from AAA.