We hear about it on the news, and many of us have experienced it firsthand: car crashes claiming the lives of young people. We hear them being called, “accidents,” and think gloomily, “Accidents happen…another day, another tragedy.” Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States – ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
For 25 years, DRIVE SMART has been a leader in working with high school students in classroom presentations, assemblies, and peer-led programs providing education and awareness to prevent car crashes among this vulnerable group. We also advocated for parents to take an active role in their children’s driver education and work to provide resources and information on how to best do this.
What Do You Consider Lethal
With the proven Impact Teen Driver, What Do You Consider Lethal? (WDCL) Program, DRIVE SMART instructors conduct classroom presentations at local high schools and colleges. This powerful and engaging evidence-based program is designed to help drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 tackle the issue of reckless and distracted driving.
Motor vehicle crashes are not caused by involuntary or inevitable mistakes. Teens and young adults are as powerful as they are vulnerable, because most teen crashes involve voluntary choices. Throughout the class students are encouraged to explore the choices they make while driving. We emphasize the power teens have in making driving behavior choices that will keep them alive.
One- or two-days of presentations consisting of up to 6 sessions per day, are held during normal classroom schedules during the school year. Under the two-days of presentations option we suggest scheduling the dates to fall within two different semesters within the school year.
What is presented in the classroom is reinforced through peer-to-peer activities, safety messages and other project options to empower our young drivers to make responsible choices while in a vehicle.
Educating Colorado Youth to be Responsible Drivers
It’s time for your teen to get their restricted license. But wait, what’s that mean?
The Graduated Driver Licensing Seminar is valuable resource provided by DRIVE SMART designed to help parents and teens learn the laws of the restricted license before they hand over the keys. This free seminar is a one-hour program for parents and teens focusing on the laws, risks and insurance strategies specific to new drivers. In this seminar, we discuss the need to educate teens to make responsible and respectful decisions while driving, the importance of the graduated driver license laws and the significant role of parents as an active partner in their child’s driver education.
By having the parent and the teen together in the room we ensure the facts are provided to both which helps to avoid future misunderstandings. This seminar format also sparks conversations between teens and parents and can ease some of the stress involved in the learning to drive process.
Participants will hear from DRIVE SMART, law enforcement and insurance experts on the following topics:
- The risks of young adult driving
- What Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is and how it impacts you and your teen
- Tips on how to teach your young driver to be safe
- Adding a youth to your insurance policy
- Resources and guides to finding additional information
‘Great information for myself and my child’ and ‘Lots of great info, thank you!’
‘A lot of the things discussed were items I had questions about’ and ‘Information was easy to understand.’