Toyota and Teens – Helping Our Newest Drivers Hit the Road Safelyclose
Earning a driver’s license is a monumental step for your teen – and for you. It marks the beginning of new adventures, journeys with friends, places discovered and a spirit of freedom. And yet, it is also a time for increased responsibility, caution and trust on both sides. That’s why we provide families with tools to help keep their teens safe on the road.
- The Toyota Teen Driver Distraction Study, conducted along with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, shows a significant correlation between parent and teen driving behaviors, suggesting parents can play an influential role in modeling driving behaviors for their teens. Click here to learn more; some of our findings may surprise you.
- Arrive in Style is a campaign with Teen Vogue to promote safe driving among teenage girls. To join the movement and take the pledge to end distracted driving, visit the Arrive in Style site.
- Toyota Teen Driver offers free, interactive online safety resources for teens, parents and educators, and is used in more than half of all U.S. schools and 35 countries around the world.
- Toyota Driving Expectations puts teens and parents behind the wheel in challenging, real-world driving scenarios. Learn more about these free programs.
- Toyota Mutual Driving Agreement is a promise between you and your teen to drive safely; that means no texting, no speeding, always buckling up and more. You can download the agreement here.
Here are some tips to help keep your teen safe on the road:
- Be the driver you want your child to be. Parents are the first and best driving instructors and role models.
- Insist that your teen always wear a seat belt. Staying safe doesn’t have to take a backseat to looking cool.
- Teach your teen to avoid distractions and limit all secondary activity while driving, including texting, cell phone use, eating, drinking and more.
- Restrict teen passengers, whether friends or relatives. For every additional teen passenger a teen driver has in their car (with no adults), chances of a crash increase.
Remember, when it comes to your teen’s driving, you aren’t just a disciplinarian; you are a partner, mentor and role model (even if your teen won’t admit it). With the right information and plenty of parental involvement, you can both breathe easier when your teen takes the wheel.