Parents and teens are the winners with this positive approach to safe teen driving. Before The Wheel is the “Do” Safe Teen Driving Program. It is structured, specific, sequential, positive and proactive. Your newly licensed driver gains additional access to the vehicle when he or she successfully completes the first phase of driving privileges and earns the right to more privileges.
You the parent have been there for every milestone, supporting and encouraging your teen. You have invested time and money to help your teen establish skills in academics, music and sports. You can build on the successful formula by supporting your teen in this next venture and helping your teen develop the correct attitude, technical skills, decision making and strategy skills for numerous driving situations.
Celebrate with your teen driver. Go to a favorite restaurant and have a positive discussion about the new driving privilege and the responsibilities associated with this new privilege. Treat your teen to a Latte or favorite dessert when he or she has accomplished a new driving skill.
Take action now, set up a relaxed meeting with your teen, discuss the exciting advanced vehicle dynamics classes (teen defensive driving classes). Go to the Links page on this web site and agree on a date and require your teen to sign up for the class. Provide a reward for completion of the defensive driving class: additional vehicle access or a fun parent/teen full day activity; shopping or a sporting event etc. Watch one of the videos together. Read the Earned Privileges workbook and the newsletter which offer ideas to generate a discussion on different scenarios that your teen may encounter as a passenger or driver with other teens. Show enthusiasm for your teen to reach a new level of driving maturity and let your teen know of any positive changes that you have made like ALWAYS driving to a safe location and having the vehicle at a complete stop before making or receiving any cell phone conversation or text messaging.