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    How to Talk to Your Teen About the Dangers of Drinking and Driving

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Parents like to believe that their teen driver would never drink and drive. But the risks of drinking and driving are so high that it’s important to review the dangers with your teen. It can be a difficult topic to approach, so below are tips help you talk effectively with your teen driver.

    Address the Danger
    Teens do not perceive risk the same way that older people do. Remind your teenager that drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal, and has a number of short- and long-term consequences. Research by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) shows that an authoritarian parenting style, wherein the parent lays down the law and expects the teen to obey, is not very effective in reducing teen drinking and driving. It’s more effective if the parent has a discussion with the teen, and listens to the concerns of the teen before explaining why drinking and driving is so dangerous.

    Agree on Rules and Consequences
    Your teen will be more likely to respect and understand the rules if you have a discussion about the rules and the consequences associated with drinking and driving. This way, if your teen is considering breaking the rules, he or she can think about the consequences beforehand.

    Talk About Peer Pressure
    Around 75 percent of high school students try alcohol at least once before graduating. The pressure to drink is something that many teens encounter. Brainstorm with your teen how he or she could react in a situation with intense peer pressure. Keep track of your teen and make sure he or she is supervised, especially when seeing a friend who may be a bad influence.

    If you want to make your teen driver safer, talk to him or her about enrolling in one of Top Driver’s teen driving courses. With locations throughout Chicago, our highly respected driving school will impress upon your teen the importance of safe driving behaviors. Visit our website to learn about our teen driver training courses, and call us at (888) 471-5418 for more information.

    Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Do you have a new driver in the home? Doing some research before you go shopping for a new or used car will ensure that you meet your needs and your budget. Watch the video for tips on picking a car for your teen driver.

    In a recent survey conducted by the United States Automobile Association, more than 80 percent of parents put reliability first when choosing a car for their teen driver, followed by safety ratings. Do research online to find out the safety rating and resale value before buying. After you purchase a car, consider adding a GPS device that ensures your teen driver will not get lost. For more tips on choosing a safe car, watch this video.

    Ensure that your teen has the preparation he or she needs to be safe by enrolling him or her in the nation’s largest driving school, Top Driver. With locations all over Chicago, we know how to train teens for safe driving. Call us at (888) 471-5418 or visit our website for more information on our driving classes for teens and adults. 

    Road Rules to Set for Your New Teen Driver

    Last updated 4 years ago

    When setting rules for their teen driver, parents often have difficulty reaching a balance between practicality and safety. There is more to driving than simply following the law, and until a teen develops this awareness it is important to provide controlled access to the family vehicle. Every household is different, but these guidelines can provide a helpful starting point for teaching your teen to drive.

    Plenty of states—including Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan—have cell phone laws in place for novice drivers, and for good reason. Young teen drivers are the highest risk age group for auto collisions, and driving distractions are one of the leading causes of accidents. However, parental supervision is crucial for other, less obvious distractions such as tuning the radio, eating and drinking, and passengers. In fact, an AAA study shows that fatality risk of 16- or 17-year-old drivers doubles with two passengers under 21, and quadruples with three or more. Restrictions regarding distractions should be clearly explained and penalties should be enforced.

    Nighttime driving is one of the biggest factors associated with serious auto accidents, and the highest concentration of fatal auto collisions falls on the weekend between midnight and 3 a.m. Many states have a provisional curfew prohibiting teens from being out past midnight, but parents may wish to ease their teen into nighttime driving and minimize their exposure to heavy traffic or dangerous driving conditions.

    Schoolwork, Maintenance, and Other Responsibilities
    Many parents choose to make driving privileges contingent on certain responsibilities such as school performance or chores. Also consider developing a reward system to recognize good driving performance. A vehicle is also a great way to demonstrate bond with your teen and demonstrate the value of maintaining major investments.

    As a leading driver’s school in the Chicagoland area, Top Driver has the resources to provide drivers of all ages with a quality driving education through both in-vehicle training and multimedia teaching. Contact us today at (888) 471-5418 to request more information.

    Why Your Teen Should Sign a Driving Contract

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Teens are the highest risk age group for fatal auto accidents, and many of the factors that increase the risk of car-related injuries are entirely preventable. Setting clear and concise driving rules and enforcing them is one of the most important things a parent can do to keep their teen driver safe on the road. However, it can be difficult to establish ground rules.

    teen driving contract clearly outlines driving privileges and what is and is not allowed behind the wheel. Having your teen read and sign it is an important gesture that indicates they understand and accept the restrictions by their own choice. Having the rules written down will also help clear up any future disputes.

    Top Driver offers quality education for drivers of all ages throughout Chicagoland. We offer convenient and affordable classes throughout the week to fit your schedule. Call (888) 471-5418 to request more information about driving lessons nearest you.

    Your Guide to Winter Driving

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Driving can feel like second nature after doing it for several years, but the lapsing into the same old driving habits on a wet or snowy road can easily result in a major emergency. Below are a few tips and techniques from Top Driver driving school to help you stay safe this winter.

    Winterize Your Car
    Failing to maintain your car is especially dangerous in colder states like Illinois and Michigan, where snow and black ice regularly accumulate on the roads. Prepare a winter emergency car kit, check all of the tires and brakes, and have all of the fluids and filters checked (especially the antifreeze). Be sure to check the defroster and clean the windshield to avoid fogging up the windshield when you’re on the highway. Battery problems are more likely to arise in cold weather, so have the charge checked at trusted maintenance shop.

    Slow Down and Scan Ahead
    Slowing down is one of the most important guidelines for winter driving. Posted speed limits are only for ideal road conditions, and hazards such as black ice or pot holes are not always immediately apparent from a distance. During the coldest parts of the day (early morning and late evening), a shady spot can drop the temperature enough for black ice to form on the road even if the snow is melted.

    Plan for Emergencies
    Pulling out of a skid is not an easy thing to do, particularly if you are traveling at a considerable speed. The important thing to remember is to steer the car where you want to go in a slow and controlled manner to avoid overcompensating. Inexperienced drivers may be tempted to slam on the brakes, but accelerating slightly can provide the tires with adequate traction to pull out of the skid.

    Top Driver has several locations throughout the Chicagoland area to provide contemporary driver’s training for drivers of all ages. Visit us online to learn about our current offers, or call (888) 471-5418 to request more information about our programs.

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