Tips to Keep Teen Drivers Safe + a New Teen Driver Kit

Have a new teen driver? We’ve put together a new teen driver kit with help from our sponsor, Mercury Insurance, to help keep teen drivers safe on the road.

This past week one of my youngest siblings passed her driving test and will be on the road with her license. And with the stats I’ve been seeing lately, that scares me! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 2,524 teen drivers and passengers were killed and 177,000 were injured in 2013. And with mobile technology and the use of mobile apps steadily increasing, distracted driving accidents are also on the rise.

To commemorate this milestone, though, I’m hoping to share some tools with her that will help keep her as safe as possible. That’s why I put together a new teen driver kit for her to utilize when she’s on the road. Complete with items like a hands-free phone stand, mobile charger, and other items that may come in handy (jumper cables!), I hope she feels more confident on the road when she’s driving alone. 

In addition to my new teen driver kit, I have the help of our sponsor, Mercury Insurance, and their Drive Safe Challenge. The Drive Safe Challenge is an interactive website that provides teens with safe driving and vehicle tips, as well as gives parents tools to help encourage responsible driving behavior. 

The site features:

They don’t just want to help teens, they also want to educate them (and their parents) about the dangers and responsibilities that come with getting a driver’s license. Apply the brakes on the leading cause of death for teenagers and share what you learn from the Drive Safe Challenge website with a new teen driver you know.

What To Include: New Teen Driver Kit

  • storage container (to hold everything)
  • booster cables
  • drink cup 
  • microfiber towels
  • portable charger (for any device)
  • flashlight
  • cleaning wipes
  • phone car mount (hands free!)

Make sure to print out a copy of the Mercury Insurance driving contract parents and teens can sign to set the rules of the road and outline the circumstances under which driving privileges would be lost. It makes the perfect addition to this kit! 

Do you know a new teen driver who’s about to hit the road? 

How to Steer Your Teen into Safe Driving Habits

This post is brought to you by Drivers Ed by Improv

how to steer your teen into safe driving habits

Even if your teen seems to automatically pick up the latest fashion trends or gaming craze, he or she is less likely to pick up safe driving habits without your help. Your help starts by setting time aside for supervised driving lessons, with the recommended amount of time in the area of at least 65 hours. Make those 65 hours valuable, worthwhile and least likely to set off a fight with the following tips.

Keep track of your lessons

Set up a driving log and follow a driving lesson timeline to ensure you’re both putting in the necessary time and effort to cover a wide range of topics. Start with the basics, such as dashboard controls, and work your way up to more advanced lessons as your teen becomes more experienced behind the wheel. Use the driving manual and sample written tests from your state’s motor vehicle department to guide you on topics to cover. [Read more…]



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