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.
From the Allstate Foundation, “¡Vamos!”, or “Let’s Go!” in English, is the first-ever national survey looking into the attitudes and behaviors of Hispanic teen drivers and parents. The Allstate Foundation conducted the survey to identify tools and tips to help all parents keep their teen safer when driving. The survey found that 42% of Hispanic parents did not know that the #1 cause of teen deaths involve an automobile accident. And it doesn’t always involve drunk driving either. A teen’s inexperience behind the wheel makes them more accident-prone than someone who’s been driving for years. Having your teen wait until they are 18 or older does not translate to a safer driver. Experience counts. I was one of the teenagers that did not drive until after high school and it appears to be a common trend these days among teenagers, for a variety of reasons.
Future Safe Drivers
I recently participated in a Q &A with Allstate’s national Hispanic community spokesperson, Jorge Monsivais, a Latino Allstate agent and parent of a teen driver. He discussed the dangers for teen drivers today like cell phone distractions and texting while behind the wheel, which are really dangers for all of us. I was reminded recently by a friendly officer on patrol that even texting while at a red light is a no-no.
There are many things we can do to prepare and assist our teenagers. One of the biggest things is communicate. As parents, we have to keep the lines on communication open with our teens in order to maintain some influence in their developing lives. Especially when driving. I suggest you check out Allstate’s Parent/Teen Driving Agreement and find out for yourself, just how useful these ideas are. Parents can speak with their teen and be 100% clear on expectations when their teens are driving. Both parties sign and teens will be held accountable for their actions when driving. It’s a great tool and an easy way to open a discussion with your children.
Here are some other tips that Jorge Monsivais gave all parents for communicating to their teen about driving safety:
- As parents, we need to set aside time to drive with our teen a minimum of 30 minutes per week.
- Key points to discuss with teen drivers are no speeding, turn off cell phone while driving, and wear seatbelt at all times.
- Ask your teen not to allow any teen passengers for the first six months of driving.
- Coach teen drivers on driving process as well as set rules for safety.
It is important to create a culture of teen safe driving and parents are the number one resource of information when it comes to learning to drive for teens. Now with the help of the Allstate Foundation, parents have access to resources to help keep their teen driver safe on the road and as a result, making all the roads safer for drivers.
Have a safe Mother’s Day weekend out there on the roads!
The countdown for Summer has begun at our home. The last day of work for me is June 11th and for my kids June 13th. We are planning on having a great time this summer and are already planning what every week will look like. I know some kiddos will finish school next week, some towards the end of the month, and others at the beginning of next month.
One program we are planning on taking advantage of, is Kids Bowl Free. The program allows kids to receive two free bowling games daily, all summer long.
All you have to do is register each one of your kids. Families can get two free games for up to six children per day, or you could do a family pack for the whole summer for $24.95. Family packs allow up to four adults to enjoy bowling all summer long. My friends and I have signed up our kiddos and I got a family pack. I can’t wait to have fun with the kiddos this summer!
To register and to learn more about this fun program head here. For a list of local participating bowling centers head here.
The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel is a 320-room deluxe property features a SNOOPY-themed wing, fitness center, pool with children’s activity area, lighted sports courts and many other amenities. dining options include the Amber Waves Restaurant & Bar, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. specializing in All-American fare and hotel room service, it also has kids menus with daily visits from Snoopy. The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel is located just steps from world-famous Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park and Knott’s Soak City Water Park.
In addition to all the fun you can have at the hotel, you’ll also want to head over to Knott’s Berry Farm, one of California’s bed amusement parks. The park has never been more beautiful. The Timber Mountain Log Ride is just incredible since getting it’s makeover last year.
The weather has warmed up, which means Knott’s Soak City is open once again to cool you off from the heat. As part of your staycation, just head across Beach Blvd to the other side of the resort for a day of fun and water at Soak City. Soak City opens May 17th! The water park has pools and slides for all ages and is a great way to stay cool in OC.
Knott’s has made having your own staycation at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel even more affordable by offering EASYPAY. by booking now, you can get the first choice of availability, lock in the current rates, and spread the cost of your stay over 4 easy payments. you can book online or call (866) 752-2444. use promotional code EASYPAY. Another way to extend the fun all year long is with a Knott’s Berry Farm Gold Season Pass. Not only do you get Knott’s Berry Farm Park admission every day of the year, but you also get admission to Soak City every day of the summer. The Gold Pass also gets you discounts on food, merchandise, the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, Knott’s Scary Farm tickets and early ride times on select days. Knott’s offers easy payments, so it’s even easier to continue the fun all year long.
* This is not a sponsored post. The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.