Crashproof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver
BEFORE YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT HANDING YOUR TEENS THE CAR KEYS, DO EVERYONE A BIG FAVOR: CRASHPROOF THEM!
Every year, six million sons and daughters will become first-time drivers. Fifty-eight percent of them will be involved in a car accident within a year of getting their license, and a significant portion of these crashes will be fatal. But here's the good news: research has shown that car crashes can be reduced by up to 30 percent when you, the parent, are actively involved in your teen's instruction and set certain limits.
In Crashproof Your Kids, certified driving instructor and dad Timothy Smith has combined the collective wisdom of numerous experts to develop the Crashproof Plan: a series of behind-the-wheel exercises designed to improve your teen's driving awareness, behavior, and skill in a way that fits your schedule. Written in a highly accessible, informal, and often humorous style, this comprehensive plan begins where drivers' education programs end, and includes:
• A step-by-step plan to develop your teen's braking, car control, and defensive driving skills
• How to handle road emergencies and basic car maintenance
• Tips on helping your teen deal with dangerous distractions, including peer pressure and the use of alcohol and drugs
• The Crashproof Contract, which outlines the expectations, responsibilities, and rules of the road for both the teen and the parent
You'll get plenty of help on how to communicate vital driving concepts to your teen, and you'll laugh, learn, and sympathize with stories from parents who have already been there. Crashproof Your Kids is an essential resource for any parents wanting to help their teenagers successfully navigate the single most dangerous activity they'll ever undertake.
Read this if you have teenagers
By Pamela "Pamela" - May 22, 2007
High school Drivers' Education courses are woefully inadequate to the serious task of training young, easily distractable people what to do in actual real-life road conditions. More teens are killed in car accidents due to simple driver error than due to drugs and alcohol combined. It's time for parents to step in and supplement their kids' education with much-needed skills. "Crash-proof your teens" will help you do that. Presented in a simple step-by-step method, this book will lead you through the difficult maze of helping your kids to be safe and fearless drivers. You may also come out of it a safer driver yourself.
(My 17-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash caused by simple driver error. The driver was also killed, as well as another teen in their car and a 9-year-old in the car they crashed into. I wish that this book would have been part of that young driver's training. Maybe all four girls would still be alive.)
Look Out! He just got his liscence!
By Mary R. Martin - June 6, 2006
Teaching one's teenager to drive is one of the most unnerving experiences a parent will go through. Fraught with conflict, fear and tension, it's no wonder so many of us pass-on this task to others. But one of these days you are going to have to get in the car with your teenager at the wheel. To prepare yourself for this frightening fact-of-life read Tim Smiths' thoughtful and informative "Crash-Proof Your Kids".His approach is organized, practical, concise and often humorous. Even your teenager won't mind reviewing this book. And believe me, when it comes to giving instruction on parallel parking or highway merging or parking lot safety it's reassuring to be able to refer to what the expert says on the subject. This kind of information allows the frazzled parent to impart useful tips before they're needed, and often without shouting! The information in this book was very helpful to me and my son as he approached his driver liscencing exam. I wish I had it 5 years ago when my... read more
A Driving Instructor coach!
By Laine S. Herman - November 9, 2006
Divided into four "gears" and 32 chapters, this book is a must have for serious instructors and should be required reading for ALL parents! Easy reading with many tips - "females have a statistically greater crash involvement at intersections, so pay particular attention to this area with girls turning left across traffic." Charts, including braking distance and new auto purchase recommendations also included. I keep this paperback in my door pocket and refer to it often as a professional driving instructor.
Any parent of a teenager who would like pragmatic tips on how to build a positive relationship with their child should read this book. Parents of teens know that in today?s environment, being a good ...