Parents!
December is ALL ABOUT YOU at Project 111!!!!!

If you are the parent of a teen driver, this post is a MUST read.

If you are teen driver, read this and SEND it to YOUR parents.
Both of them. All of them. 

This is VERY important information that could SAVE your child’s life.

Each month Project 111 educates teens and parents about one driving topic.

December’s Focus Topic Is Parents!

Did you know?

  • Parents who talk to their teens about safe driving make a difference.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens nationwide, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • In 2015, 2,333 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed and 221,313 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes in 2015.1 That means that six teens ages 16–19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries, the CDC noted.
  • However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said teens whose parents set firm rules for driving will typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes.

Here is a link to a fabulous article FOR PARENTS:

https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/what-parents-can-do-to-protect-their-teen-driver/

MAKE TIME! TAKE TIME!

Project 111 wants to encourage you to both make time AND take time to talk to your teen about their driving!  As Parents, we have to find time to talk to our kids, especially when it comes to their safety.

  • The five most dangerous issues facing teen drivers are: drunk driving, not wearing seat belts, speeding, distractions and multiple passengers.
  • We urge parents to talk to their kids about these dangerous behaviors as it could save your child’s life.
  • Project 111 also encourages parents to know what the graduated driver’s license restrictions are and make sure your teens follow them.  Here is a link to the Michigan GDL restrictions ~ 
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/MI_GDL_Licensing_SOS380_515146_7.pdf

Please follow Project 111 on both Facebook and Twitter for great tips on how to help your teen be safe on the roads!  

Talk to your teens before they leave to drive somewhere. 
Point out hazards along their route . . . 
Be one step ahead of your teen . . . 

  • If you know your teen driver will have a friend in the car – REMIND THEM THAT FRIENDS IN THEIR CAR IS THE NUMBER ONE MOST DANGEROUS DISTRACTION TO A TEEN DRIVER!  

Here is a personal example:

  • My 17-year-old is currently driving to the Freeland SportsZone two times a week . . . WITH a friend!  Yesterday I asked him which way he gets there and instructed him that if it is snowy OR rainy and cold he is NOT to take the highway.  I instructed him that when the temps get close to freezing that the interchange of business 10 and US-10 will freeze differently than the normal roads because it is a bridge.  That is already a dangerous interchange.  So, IF the weather is iffy he is to take Saginaw Rd to Freeland. 
  • BUT!!!!  I then asked him how fast the traffic will be coming at him when he is turning OFF Saginaw Rd onto M-47.  He said, “About 55 mph.”  He then thought quickly and said, “No, more like 70!” 
  • Help your kids think through these situations BEFORE they are sitting at the intersection WITH a friend in the car.  Don’t assume they know . . . your teen will be safer if you assume they DON’T know.  All research shows that teen drivers are inexperienced! 
  • Let’s help them out – even if they balk at us! 

THINK IT THROUGH WITH THEM!

  • Warn them about county roads where there are four way stops or traffic coming AT them from side roads – encourage them to keep watch on the side roads to make sure those people stop at their stop signs.  
  • Remind them to drive defensively – NEVER assume anything while driving!  Adjust for others!
  • Remind them to NOT tailgate!  If you have plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you . . . if you glance away and they stop . . . you have time to respond!

Then, take responsibility for your OWN behavior!

BE the example!  Over the holidays you may be spending more time in a vehicle WITH your teen. 

While talking to teens is great, parents need to be a great example and also follow the rules. 

  • PLEASE DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE – ESPECIALLY IN FRONT OF YOUR KIDS!
    • This is crucial!  Project 111 is working to constantly remind your teens to NOT TEXT AND DRIVE!!!!!  Please help our messaging by setting a great example at home!  Have your teen ‘man your phone’ while you are driving.  Or, do as our local Sherriff does – put your phone in your glove box when you get in your car.  This removes any temptation completely!
  • Also, let your teen drive when you’re in the car together, and when you catch your teen doing something right, let them know. Teens need positive reinforcement, so point out when your child uses good judgment behind the wheel.

YOUR VOICE IN THEIR HEAD MIGHT SAVE THEIR LIFE!

Make time, and take time…your voice, your advice, your caring enough to have these conversations could be the thing that makes your teen a better driver, a safer driver, an alive driver. The epidemic of teen driving deaths can be solved by parents being better drivers, and talking to their children about being better drivers!

Please share this email with your friends, colleagues, and family members – anyone who has, or will have, a teen driver in the house.

Sarah Schieber
Executive Director
Project 111

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