If you're like me, the single parent of a teen, you know how scary that time is when they say "Mom, I want to drive." Most of you know me as just The Foodaholic, while others also know the many additional hats I wear; one of which is the full time driver of my seventeen year old performing arts princess.
|Looks like I'm going to have a driver now.|
A recap of my daily life would leave you speechless. Going out to as many events as I do, working full time, playing the role of both mom and dad, and dealing with the daily responsibilities of life we all know and love, the fear of allowing my daughter to drive is overpowered by the realization that it's time. The question is... have I done everything in my power to ensure she is fully prepared to get behind the wheel and #GetThereSafe?
I started talking to my daughter about the importance of driving safely way before she started studying for her Restricted License (Driver's Permit) test. I began talking to her about it when she was a little girl and didn't want to wear her seatbelt. Or when she wanted to turn up the radio so loud, I couldn't hear anything other than Barney telling me how much he loved me. But one thing is for sure, taking the time to read the information the Allstate Foundation's signature program for teen safe driving is providing for parents, has helped me understand it's not just about telling our teens to be safe, it's about modeling it in our own driving.
After learning of this campaign, and sitting down to visit the website while my daughter prepared to get her Driver's License, I understood that my role in this next chapter of her life didn't just depend on how much I told her. It actually depended more on what she saw me do when she was sitting next to me in the car as we drove to school, or as I took her to auditions and rehearsals, or as she accompanied me to one of my culinary events. It was during those quiet moments when she had her headphones on and I thought she wasn't looking, that she was paying the most attention. Did you know that 91% of teens agree that parents are a key influence on teen driving? What's more impacting is that 61% of teens model their driving behavior after their parents. Uh oh... What was I showing my daughter? Furthermore, 88% of parents use their phone while driving (guilty?) and the scary part is that 87% of teens admit to using it as well. Is that a coincidence? Probably not.
|Concentrate on the road|
I highly recommend you read up. It's a scary time, but it's part of growing up. If you have a teen that has started to drive or a tween that will be driving soon, there is a wealth of information you will find on the Allstate Foundation website that will make your life easier. Besides the helpful tips, Allstate is also holding a sweepstakes, where they are giving away $1,000 to a winner everyday for 10 days (Contest ends July 3). To enter the contest, just share your safe driving message on Twitter and Instagram, tagging @Allstate and using the hashtag #GetThereSafe. You can also enter on Facebook, by commenting below the posted stat for the day on the Allstate Facebook Page, then tagging @Allstate and also using the hashtag #GetThereSafe. For more information on the sweepstakes, and to view all the statistics you need to know on teen driving safety, visit the Allstate Foundation website and help your teen #GetThereSafe. In the meantime, get a load of my teen as she safely drives through the streets of Miami.