I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of the Allstate Foundation and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
ZayZay.Com had the pleasure to be a part of the Allstate Latino Teen Driving Teleconference. Jorge Monsivais, an Allstate agency owner, parent, and safe driving advocate took time out of his schedule to answer some questions regarding teen safety and the results of The Allstate Foundation’s national ¡Vamos! Survey.
It is a fact that for both white and Hispanic teens, car crashes are the No.1 cause of death. The Allstate Foundation conducted the survey to identify tools and tips to help all parents keep their teen safer when driving.
One of the questions from the teleconference was “as parents of little ones, what are some of the techniques we can use to ingrain safe driving habits as they grow.” Jorge response is one that we should implement. Monsivais states that young children learn from model derived behavior. He goes on to say “We are role models for our children. If we text, if we speed then they are going to mimic everything”
As parents and as adults, we should lead by example. Don’t text or talk on the phone and drive. Stress the importance of driving responsibly. Allstate believes that people are motivated by rewards. Allstates’ Safe Driver Bonus Check is an example this. Your children are no different, before you give your child the keys to the car, make it a point to sit done to discuss your rules of the road. The Allstate Foundation website has a sample Parent-Teen Agreement and a Graduated Driver’s License Video that will help with this process.
Remember that you as parents are the number 1 source of information for teens when it comes to learning to drive. We encourage you to go to www.AllstateFoundation.org/vamos to get more information about the survey and to access new resources that can help keep your teen driver safer on the road.
We should all do our parts to keep our children safe. #VamosConCuidado
By Ninnette Aquino