I remember when I first got my driver’s license (oh so many years ago!) I felt invincible. Just like any other teenager, I felt completley in charge and believed I knew exactly what I was doing. That is until the first time I drove on a wet, slippery road and spun across three lanes of traffic. Unfortunately many teens overestimate their ability to handle situations that come up while driving. That’s why I was so happy to learn about "Toyota Driving Expectations." This is a four hour driving course for parent and teens to complete together. Offered free of charge in cities across the country, the program goes beyond what is taught in typical driver training classes by putting teens behind the wheel to face challenging, real-world scenarios under the supervision of professional drivers. It is also one of the only programs of its kind that hosts teens and their parents os they can learn how to drive more safely together.
This course goes way beyond traditional drivers-ed classes and helps teens practice how to best keep their eyes on the road, learn about how anti-lock braking systems work on both wet and dry roads and demonstrate how everyday distractions can have unexpected hazardous effects. Parents and teens also drive a "distraction course" — as they drink water, change a CD and text. At the end of the program, to reinforce what they learned, teens and parents develop a safe driving contract together to be put into practice when they return home.
The class is being held this weekend, 5/2 – 5/4, at Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont, NY. You can register to attend and get more information by visiting www.toyotadrivingexpectations.com.
Have you taught your teen to drive or did you send them to driving school? What sort of rules have you set up for your teen when it comes to driving? I’d love to hear from you!