Attention: Credit Union Members who are Parents of New Teen Drivers or Teens Soon to Be Driving

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Do you know the #1 Killer of Teenagers in this country?

It's none of the above. Although those 5 are the top 5 fears that parents (surveyed by the Mayo clinic) stated that they have for their kids.

The #1killer of teenagers is motor vehicle crashes (and most people are ignoring this!). Don't make that mistake. Use this resource to protect your family from tragic loss and serious injuries.

Am I scaring you? Does this seem too melodramatic? Well, let's review the numbers – they tell quite a story.

These are the facts:

By the Numbers

3rd We are now in the third generation of driver education and still, today, just as it was three generations ago, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths and serious injuries to teenagers. Why? In large part, because the standards established in 1949 follow the same formula (5 hours of classroom for every 1 hour of behind-the-wheel training) and because the driver education community (schools, instructors, regulators, etc.,) have never had to be accountable for producing safer drivers. Driver education courses are time-based courses, not mastery-based courses. Put in your time, you get your license.
300,000 Number of reported serious injuries. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states that over 300,000 teens are hospitalized every year due to injuries from car crashes.
14% Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that 14% of all traffic fatalities involve teen drivers even though teen drivers only account for only 7% of the driving population.
50% The collision-rate reduction promise that Patrick Barrett offers his corporate fleet clients and that he has NEVER FAILED to deliver. That is why Driver Ed in a Box® incorporated his specific and unique collision-free training techniques – one of the things that make Driver Ed in a Box® different from all other driver education courses.
50% Our mission: to reduce the number of teen collisions in this country by 50% by the year 2017. To accomplish that, we need your help. We know what it takes to prepare drivers to become collision-free. And we need your participation to make this happen. You can't count on the state or the driver education community to do this for you. If you want your son or daughter to become a safe teen driver, you're going to have to step up to the plate. That's why we're here – to guide you through the process.
11.0% The collision-rate for 16 & 17 year olds based on the Texas Department of Public Safety Motor Vehicle Records. Their next updated data is scheduled to be posted in the fall of 2012.*
1.2% The collision-rate for 16 & 17 year-old graduates of Driver Ed in a Box® based on the Texas Department of Public Safety Motor Vehicle Records.*

* Chart available at the end of the document.

Yes, those are the facts. You ignore them at your own peril – and run the risk of losing your precious son or daughter to a senseless, preventable crash. I know you don't want that – no parent does.

Just as you trust your credit union with your money and, to a certain extent your financial well being, you can trust me when I tell you that you are a major influence in your child's driving.

Whether we believe it or not, whether we want it or not, our own personal driving behavior influences our kids.

This really isn't news. Although some of you might be saying to yourself "I sure don't see it" or "Are you talking about MY kids?" Yes, we are. Like it or not, our behavior as parents has a tremendous effect on the behavior of our children.

Of course, that alone is reason enough to set a good example when we are behind-the-wheel. And, as you become more aware of the potential consequences of that, I hope that you commit to change any behavior of yours that is, well, let's say, "not yet perfect" when you are behind the wheel.

You know what I'm talking about. Actually stopping at a stop sign, signaling, avoiding running a red light, speeding because you're a little late, whipping around the corner, texting or using a cell phone while you're driving, cutting other drivers off or reacting aggressively when someone cuts you off, etc., You don't need me to tell you what you already know about how you can improve the example you set. But you do need me to clarify for you the most common mistakes parents make with their new teen driver and to tell you the secrets of how to guide your teen through what is definitely the highest risk period of their life – that first year of driving.

That's what this piece is about. Obviously, in this one product, I can't tell you everything there is to know about what you can do to insure your teen not only survives their first year of driving, but does so without a near miss or an incident. And of course, it's during this time frame that we want to show you how you can ingrain the habits of collision-free driving in such a way that you have peace of mind when they drive – whether that's a road trip, a run to the store, a night out with friends, or off to college.

Yes, we have resources available for you to purchase if you desire to do so and, if you find this piece helpful, you'll want to look into getting one of our other resources that is best suited for you.

Because you are a valued member of the credit union, we are gifting you this particular resource that contains what I consider to be the absolute most essential elements of what MUST be done if you want to at least give your child a fighting chance to survive the crazy traffic environment in which we live.

Also, I'm going to provide you with a simple, basic check list of things you can look for when she's driving so you can easily see where improvement is needed and be able to provide some coaching for her.

Of course, this won't cover everything, but it will give you a tool you can use to objectively measure what's going on and provide you some opportunity to have a conversation with your daughter about your concerns and how she can become a safer driver.

What makes me an expert? How is it that I happen to know what works and what doesn't work?

Good Questions

It's not just because I've been in the driver education/training business since 1974. A lot of folks have been in their field a long time. That indicates longevity, not knowledge or, more importantly, a knowledge of what works and what does not work.

I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but traditional driver education has failed to produce safer drivers. Every valid study of driver education (the largest one being the federally funded DeKalb Study) has demonstrated that driver education students are not safer drivers than those who do not take driver education. Seems counterintuitive doesn't it.

You'd think it only makes sense that beginners need some kind of formal training – why else would states and the federal government push for and mandate driver education in our state?

Unfortunately, politics often has more to do with what serves those who benefit from such requirements (driving schools, school teachers, regulators, and other so called "stakeholders") than it does from providing or requiring a public benefit (such as safer drivers).

Driver education standards haven't changed much since 1949 (they still require 5 hours of classroom for every 1 hour of actual behind-the-wheel training) and those who provide these courses have never had to be held accountable for producing safer drivers. All they have to account for is putting in minimum time requirements. Does that sound like a flawed system or what?

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This data is taken directly from Texas Department of Public Safety records.

Combined Study Driver Ed in a Box® Graduates
# of Collisions # of Driver Records Collision Rates
Age 16 35 2,097 1.7%
Age 17 6 1,571 0.4%
Total 41 3,560 1.2%
Texas Dept. of Public Safety Report
# of Collisions # of Driver Records Collision Rates
Age 16 16,113 141,357 11.4%
Age 17 19,517 181,014 10.8%
Total 35,630 323,371 11.0%

As you can see, Driver Ed in a Box® makes a dramatic difference in teen driver safety.


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