Becoming better drivers – together
When my daughter turned 16 in October, I decided it would be the perfect time to try out the Teen Safe Driver program. I would have some firsthand knowledge of her driving and help her be a better driver. An added benefit was that I could describe how the program works for our clients. [Kim is a customer service representative in an American Family Insurance office in Omaha, Nebraska.]
While my daughter wasn’t opposed to the camera, she wasn’t thrilled about it either. Since she didn’t have a car of her own, I had the camera installed in my car which we share. After it was installed, she set it off many times in the early days.
At first, she claimed the camera was way too sensitive, and it was impossible not to set it off. It didn’t help that I was setting it off as much as she was. She clearly learned her bad habits from me!
I decided to turn it into a game to see which one of us could set it off the least and accumulate the fewest points. She quickly started beating me and after six months with the camera, she can now drive without setting it off at all.
Teen Safe Driver has clearly done its job and has taught her to be a better driver. It’s also given me the added bonus of helping our agency give more detailed information about the program to our clients. Many times, we’ve pulled up my daughter’s recordings to show how the camera works. The result is that more people are interested in the program to teach their own children to be better drivers.
Teen Safe Driver works.
Our office will continue to be an advocate for this program.
Editor's note: In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 20-26), American Family encourages all motorists to commit themselves to safe driving practices. A great starting point is our online Safe Driving Pledge, where you agree to follow six commonsense practices that will help protect you, your passengers and those with whom you share the road.
(Even if you took the pledge before, renew your commitment to safe driving today. It's the first stop on the road to making a real and lasting difference.) And just for participating, we'll enter you in a drawing for one of 10 $250 gift cards.