Ask Mike: How does a Parent help their Teen with critical thinking when it comes to driving?

Veteran Crash Investigator and Driver Safety Expert, Mike Phel says:

There are many things that a parent can do to help their teen understand how to think “bigger” picture when driving. One example is to add field research and data analysis to the lesson.

  • Choose a safe location to observe traffic patterns at a specific intersection or roadway.
  • Have your teen observe, document and track data related to factors such as quantity of vehicles, seat belt use, number of passengers, risky behaviors, like talking on a cell phone or running yellow lights.
  • Spend an hour observing and documenting and then discuss how the behaviors of others could affect your teen when they are on the road.
To learn more, you can check out our Parent Taught Driver Ed curriculum HERE!

-DriveSafeRideSafe

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