Sex, drugs and…

When you think about the dangers that your teenagers face what are the top three that first come to mind?

Most parents listed things like sexual activity, drug use, alcohol, peer pressure and similar dangers. Fewer than 1 in 4 parents (24%) listed car crashes as a major item of concern.

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The fact is however that parents seriously underestimate the risk of car crashes in teenagers who have gotten their driver’s license in the past year.

Worse is the fact that most parents believe that their teenagers will “do as I say, not as I do”. In other words parents who talk on the cell phone or text while driving do so with their teenager in the car even though they tell their teen not to.

While the council recommends that parents spend 50+ hours most spend a whole lot less than that. While the council recommends not allowing new teen drivers to have others in the vehicle, most parents either allow or encourage them to do so.

Find out more about the Parents of Teen Drivers Public Opinion Poll published by the National Safety Council.


Teen Dating Violence

There is nothing like your daughter’s first prom to get a father started down a long road of worrying about her as she starts dating. As much as we’ll like to believe that the young man who’s going to be taking her out has been properly raised and will treat our daughter with the respect she deserves and keep her safe, the simple fact is that we just can’t be sure.

Because of this it’s important not only to educate yourself but also to sit down with your daughter and teach her what to watch out for and when to leave.

Fortunately the CDC website has put together material that you can read, share and download.

Simply go to http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teen_dating_violence.html

Especially useful is the PDF that you can download entitled “Understanding Teen Dating Violence

Have the talk with your son or daughter now. It might make all the difference later.


Traffic Safety Alert- Teen Driving Safety Week

October 20-26 is Teen Driving Safety Week

Parents often worry about their kids’ safety, but they have good reason to be concerned when their teen gets behind the wheel. Young, inexperienced drivers are the most crash-prone drivers on the road. In fact, traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for American teenagers.

Know the risks
Risks that contribute to traffic crashes involving teens are:

  • Impaired driving
  • Too many passengers
  • Driving at night
  • Speeding
  • Loud music
  • Eating
  • Cell phones
  • Bad weather

“So if your kids are driving or close to learning to drive, now’s a great time to reinforce good habits !

Tips For Parents

1. ALWAYS set a good example.

a. Wear your seatbelt every time and insist passengers buckle up too.

b. Stow your cell phone when you’re behind the wheel.

c. Don’t drink and drive.

d. Keep two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel while driving.

e. eliminate all distractions.

2. Teach the basics.

a. Scan for hazards.

b. Obey speed limits

c. Use your turn signals.

d. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and signals.

e. Keep a safe following and stopping distance.

3. Practice, practice, practice.

a. Conduct as much supervised practice behind the wheel as possible.

b. Vary routes, time of day and driving conditions to ensure your new driver gains confidence in a wide range of situations.

c. Provide hands-on supervised training in heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions.

4. Establish and enforce ground rules.

a. Explain the consequences of unsafe behaviors and other hazards common for new drivers.

b. Establish house rules for young driver’s safety. Consider a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement.

c. Discuss consequences for rule violations and enforce them.

5. Stay involved after your teen is driving alone.

a. Remember parents influence a teen’s driving behavior more than anyone else.

b. Focus on SAFETY rather than control.

c. Monitor where your teen is going, who else will be in the car and when he/she is expected home.

TIPS FOR TEENS

1. Settle into the driver’s seat.

a. Wear your seatbelt every time and insist passengers buckle up too.

b. Stow your cell phone when you’re behind the wheel.

c. Don’t drink and drive.

d. Eliminate all distractions.

2. Remember the basics.

a. Scan for hazards,

b. Keep two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel while driving.

c. Obey speed limits.

d. Use your turn signals.

e. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and signals.

f. Keep a safe following and stopping distance.

3. Respect the dangers.

a. Know that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens.

b .Remember teen drivers ( age 16 to 19) are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers ( ages 24 to 69).

c. Keep in mind 58% of teen drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt in 2012. 50% of passengers killed in crashes were not buckled up.

d. Recognize critical driver errors due to inexperience contribute significantly to crashes.

4. Embrace the freedom and responsibility.

a. Respect and protect your fellow drivers.

b. Take responsibility for your passenger/passengers and stop distracting behaviors.

c. Ask a parent to ride along during challenging driving conditions, like heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions.

d. Follow the rules so you can continue to enjoy the freedom driving brings !

  • Know what you don’t know. A recent NHTSA study found that 75 percent of serious teen crashes were due to a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes:
    • driving too fast for road conditions
    • being distracted
    • failing to detect a hazard
  • Make sure your parent teaches you critical driving skills. Try to accept constructive criticism and ask your parent to teach you the following skills to prevent the three common errors that lead to teen crashes:
    • speed management – This includes always following the speed limit, as well as knowing when to adjust your speed in congested zones and residential areas, during inclement weather, and on poorly lit roads.
    • recognizing and avoiding distractions – This means limiting the number of peer passengers, having a no cell phone or electronic device rule, and lowering radio volume.
    • scanning for hazards – This involves observing the surroundings far ahead of the vehicle and side-to-side so that you have sufficient warning to react and avoid a potential crash.
  • Develop house rules for your first year of independent driving.

Act proactively and speak to your teen before a tragedy occurs. Aside from potential financial damage, there are far worse consequences to your teen being involved in a crash. Don’t let your child become one of the thousands of people who die in teen driver-related crashes every year.

And remember – your teen is at risk just like anyone else. Assuming that your child is invincible can be deadly!

Information from Teendriversource.com , MADD, NHTSA, NSC, AAA and teensafedriving.org


Properly Training Young Summer Help Workers

Within the next couple of months, school will be out for the summer vacation and thousands of young people are going to go job hunting.
Most of these young people have never been exposed to the hazards and dangers of the workplace environment.
You’ve been working in the lumberyard or the warehouse for so long that certain types of behavior are second nature to you; you even forget that you are doing what you are doing for a reason. Not so for the new guy who’s never been in the workplace before.
Simple things like watching for forklifts is something that you do without even thinking about it but the young people who just got hired hasn’t been working around forklifts before and needs to learn to listen and watch for them even as they listen and watch for him or her.

So where do you start? If this type of behavior is now second nature, you probably don’t even know what it is that your new hire needs to know.

Fortunately, OSHA’s young worker’s construction safety topics page is there for you. With thirteen short videos, you can sit your new hires down to view them and know that they’ve been at least been given the basics of safety that’ll hopefully protect them as they do their job.

The following videos are available:

Construction Safety Topics

General Protection

Hearing Protection

Protective Shoes

Head Protection

Eye Protection

Landscaping Safety Topics

Eye Protection

Ear Protection

Foot Protection

Hand Protection

Leg Protection

Lifting

Shoveling

Sun and Hydration


Safety Class Required for Parking Space at High School

Here’s an interesting idea to help cut down on accidents due to reckless driving in high school students. Seems the principal of a high school in Beaufort North Carolina, upset and grieved at the number of accidents among his high school students decided that all teenagers who were driving should have to go through a safe driving class. The problem was getting the students to attend.

He came up with a simple and highly effective plan. If you want a parking permit, you have to sit through the class.

The idea is growing. The class, developed by the National Safety Council entitled Alive at 25 is being taught in more and more high schools across the country. Most dont require the class in exchange for the parking permit but that idea is catching on as well.

Fact is that High School students are one of the most at risk groups when it comes to road fatalities. Anything and everything that can be done to make sure the message is getting through is a step in the right direction.

The videos shown in the class are extremely graphic and shocking and even the most blaze of students doesnt not walk away unaffected by them.

For more information on the Alive at 25 program, visit http://aliveat25.us/