Parent-Teen Session ─ Teen Drivers: The Parent’s Role
We’re including a parent-teen session as part of our Driver Ed classroom training. Why the new session? Experts on young driver behavior agree that effective parent involvement makes a difference in reducing young driver crashes. This class, developed by members of the Minnesota Teen Safe Driving Coalition, will help you understand the big influence you can have in helping your teen become a safer driver and will give you the tools to do so.
The class will:
- Increase your awareness of the most common risks for teen drivers (it may not be what you think!) and Minnesota’s teen driver laws.
- Increase your understanding of the strong influence you have on your teen’s driving behavior.
- Provide information and tools you can use to help support your teen in driving safely.
The bottom line: the more you know about teen driving risks and laws and helpful ways to talk about them with your teen, the more you can help your child become a safer driver. For example, a study by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia shows that teens who said their parents set clear rules, paid attention to where they were going and whom they were with, and did so in a supportive way were:
- half as likely to crash,
- twice as likely to wear seat belts,
- 71 percent less likely to drive while intoxicated,
- 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving
when compared to teens who said their parents were less involved
We look forward to seeing you with your teen and working together toward the goal of making him or her as well-trained and safe as possible behind the wheel. The teen-parent sessions will be held:
DATE CORRESPONDING CLASSROOM SESSIONS
Sunday, October 28, 2018 5A & 5B (beginning 10/29/18)
Sunday, January 13, 2019 6A & 6B (beginning 1/14/19)
Sunday, February 24, 2019 7A & 7B (beginning 2/25/19)
All Parent-Teen Point of Impact sessions will be held from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Marshall Middle School Theater. All Driver Education classroom/simulation sessions will be held at the MERIT Center.
While we recommend that you attend the session held right before your child begins classroom, you are welcome to attend a different session if that fits your schedule better – please keep in mind that your attendance is required for your teen to successfully complete the driver education classroom program.