As a parent, sometimes its difficult to showcase the true dangers of distracted driving to our children and teens. Lesson plans are often implemented in schools and within driving education courses, however its sometimes a challenge to showcase the true dangers that are faced behind the wheel as drivers are distracted. Many schools showcase graphic images, videos, and recreations of accidents involving teens who were distracted behind the wheel. Though these can be startling, and surely draw attention to the issue, its important to consider how powerful their messages really are.
As parents, what can we do to further assist in teaching lessons about distracted driving? Its a question many ask, and, quite frankly is a challenge faced by many families.
Positive reenforcement, and setting a good example is one of the most powerful steps to take when enforcing smart decisions behind the wheel. Putting your phone away and truly striving to set a good example will have a powerful impact on your children and, by not answering your phone while driving, will enforce a learned behavior that our young ones should practice the same habits.
Outside of enforcement, we can utilize tools that integrate visual and experiential situations. A powerful tool has been developed that showcases the dangers associated with texting while driving, alongside viewing road signs. Users are prompted to text a friend while reading different road signs ahead. At the end, a "score of distractibility" is provided. This is a great way parents can utilize an online visual learning experience to share with their teens.
Discussion with teenager
Another powerful way to enforce the dangers of driving distracted is through personal and eyewitness accounts. Sometimes discussing an experience is one of the most powerful ways in which we can enforce the risks presented. Giving detailed descriptions of what happened, when, and how the incident occurred can help to paint a vivid picture in our families minds that will be remembered for many years ahead. Hopefully, presenting this information can help teens remember experiences in the past before picking up a phone while driving.
What are some of the best ways you have found that can help teach your teen about dangers behind the wheel? Are there other tools or resources you have found that can help further education outside of the classroom?