Hockey Mom & TV Producer
Hi, I’m Jayne Ubl, one of the co-founders of DriveSafeRideSafe.
Before I joined forces with Mike and Kelly in our mission to create “Smarter Drivers, Safer Roads,” I was a television producer for HGTV and “Diners, Dives & Drive-Ins.”
Three years ago, I changed lanes. Now, instead of helping you remodel your kitchen or watch Guy Fieri eat great food, I’m hoping to help save lives.
Both of my sons totaled cars within six weeks of each other when they were teenagers. One rolled our Ford Explorer on a dirt road when he took a corner too fast, and the other rear-ended his Ford Focus into someone he was tailgating.
As a parent, I feel lucky. These crashes only cost our family money. (It was more painful for my sons. They couldn’t afford to buy new cars until they were 25 years old because their insurance rates were so high.)
The real lesson was that I took the driver’s training process too lightly.
I was so busy working, running a household, taking my sons to hockey practice and confirmation, to realize the importance of my involvement in their driver’s training. I didn’t know what I didn’t know … until Kelly Cusick told me what she’d learned from a guy named Mike Pehl.
I’ve learned a lot since we started our DriveSafeRideSafe team. (Honestly, it seems impossible not to learn new driving tips anytime you’re around Mike Pehl!)
Most important, I understand how crucial the role of a parent is in teaching teenage drivers. This is something I genuinely did not understand when my sons were learning to drive. I’m passionate about helping other moms and dads know it now, when their own kids are most vulnerable.
GDL laws and distractions from cell phone technology will change, but these facts will stay the same:
– Driving is a physical and mental skill, and both of those only get better with PRACTICE.
– Your teen does most of their practice with YOU, the parent. So your skill at managing that practice time is tremendously important.
On the day we had our first meeting together, Mike emphasized those points with unmistakable sincerity. I had never heard that message before. But now you have, and I’m glad to have helped with that!
Make the commitment to helping your son or daughter get lots of driving practice. Don’t take it lightly; do it smart and make it safe, and find the best resources you can to help your teen. Don’t assume the driver’s ed instructors are doing it all, because they can’t! Mike puts it this way: “I get them for six hours; you get them for life.”
Please “enjoy the adventure” with your own children and take the time to explore our website, because our resources can help you!
Sincerely, Jayne Ubl