A Message To Parents of Teen Drivers

Anne Scallon

I was standing in your shoes in 2008. I had a newly licensed teen driver and was not sure what steps I should take to ensure that my teen would have a safe driving experience the first few years and become a lifetime safe driver.

I came up empty handed after a 30 hour search on the Internet. I simply wanted ideas on how to talk to my teen about driving and how to help my teen develop stronger technical skills. I also wanted to know how to help my teen make good decisions when faced with unexpected developments on the road and how to respond to peer pressure situations with other teen drivers and passengers.

Information on a positive proactive merit-based method for parents to communicate and coach their new driver was not easily available and accessible. I contacted the National Safety Council and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and embarked on an extensive research project. I attended meetings and presentations about teen driver safety. I interviewed and talked extensively with parents, driving instructors, teen drivers, police personnel and district attorneys. The parent to teen coaching program, Before The Wheel™, was developed as a result of this research.

On April 1, 2009, Before The Wheel™, the first teen driver safety positive messaging program was published on the Internet and presented as a newsletter at the Waukesha County Technical College Small Business Expo, Waukesha, WI.

I look forward to hearing from you on what you think of the latest release, Teen Driver: Newly Licensed First Year Program; Licensed To Drive at 70 Miles Per Hour: Now What? and all our published materials that put your teen safely in the driver’s seat.

Anne Scallon

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