Our Student Services Director, Dr. Dale Wisely, has provided lectures and workshops on parenting teenage drivers for several years. His website on the subject is available here. If you want to attend one of these scheduled workshops, you can learn when and where the next one will be held by calling (205) 877-8349 or emailing email@example.com. If you'd like for Dr. Wisely to speak to your group on this subject, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for information on the 2010 changes to Alabama's Graduated Drivers License law.
Dale Wisely’s website: www.parentingteendrivers.com
Crash Test Ratings www.safercar.gov/ and www.iihs.org
A guide from AAA on teaching your kids to drive: http://bit.ly/9AROEX
University of Montevallo Crisis Driving Courses: http://montevallo.edu/atsc/
Car Control Clinic http://www.carcontrol.com/
(another driving clinic for teens, private, offered in Birmingham)
Allstate Teen Driving : www.allstateteendriver.com (lots of parent resources)
State Farm: www.betterteendriving.com (another set of resources)
Farmer’s Insurance: http://www.farmers.com/parents_yes.html
(Outstanding video for youth featuring young people who have been responsible for terrible accidents
Allstate XtheTXT: http://tinyurl.com/xthetxt (a pledge to not text while driving)
AAA NEW Teen Driving Site: http://teendriving.aaa.com/AL/
GPS MONITORING, etc.:
http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/safety/articles/121396/article.html (Good summary of some of the technology-based methods of tracking teen drivers: GPS, Cameras, etc.)
6 critical risk factors
What parents can do
Not wearing Seat Belts
Use of Cell Phones and other electronics when driving
Provide more and better driving training
Provide lots of experience and practice
Be smart about vehicle choices
CONTRACT with your teen
A RESPECTFUL, LEVEL-HEADED, FIRM APPROACH
You are going to be driving a vehicle that I own. I share with you the responsibility for what happens. If you have an accident, this family will share in the consequences. I have a duty to protect your safety and that of your passengers and people that could get hurt if you have an accident. This is serious business and I’m not going to enter into it without rules. The best way to be clear is to write them down. The best way for us to be aware of the seriousness of it is to sign it together. That’s a contract.
TEEN DRIVERS WITH ADHD
• are more likely to have received repeated traffic citations, most notably for speeding.
• sustain three times as many car crash injuries as teens without ADHD.
• are less likely to be practicing sound driving habits in their current driving performance, as reported by their parents.
• are nearly four times more likely to have had an accident while they were the driver of a vehicle.
• are found to be at fault for car crashes 4 times more often than peers without ADHD.
• are 6 to 8 times more likely to have their license suspended or revoked for poor driving behavior.
• are more likely to have driven an automobile without adult supervision prior to becoming licensed drivers.