The Key to Keeping Teens Safe …
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Teens Have 4 Times More Crashes Than
All Other Age Groups Combined!
Driving is dangerous and teens are inexperienced. In our society, most teens drive and they all ride as passengers with other teens. You can’t avoid it.
Teens cause a lot of crashes because they’re new drivers. Sometimes they don’t cause the crash at all but they can still be hurt or die if they don’t react quickly enough and do the right thing when something goes wrong.
Practice, practice, practice – is what helps them recognize hazards and avoid them or instinctively react to avoid collisions. The 3 Keys book gives the tools on how to practice properly.
Driver’s Ed or Driving School is NOT Enough!
Guarantee: if you don’t find this book full of valuable information you can use to teach, coach, mentor, and monitor your teen, you can return it and get 100% of your money back.
Kids practice football every day. They practice piano every day. They do homework to reinforce their school classes every day. And if they make a mistake in any of those things …. it isn’t the end of the world. There’s always another chance. But with driving, all it takes is one mistake. There are no second chances after a fatal collision.
Don’t get me wrong – a good driving course or Driver’s Ed program is the best start for your teen. But they provide only 8 to 10 hours of in-car practice and that’s not nearly enough to develop those instinctive skills teens need to ‘take over’ when something unexpected happens on the road. (And – let’s face it – unexpected things happen on our roads every day!)
Teens Need at Least
100 Hours of Practice Driving in the First Year!
That’s an additional 90 hours which works out to 2 hours per week. Today’s families are busy. There aren’t enough hours in the day already but this practice could be the most important thing you ever do. It could save your teen’s life – so you need to plan it. The 3 Keys book provides step-by-step plans for driving practice.
You can make sure your teen is roadworthy by taking an active role in their driving education. Structure their practice to cover all kinds of situations and conditions. Coach them and help them maintain 360-degree awareness around the car because that’s a tough skill for new drivers to master. Cover all the bases so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing they have the tools to stay alive when they drive.
“Both teen drivers and parents will benefit from this compelling
survival blueprint to safe driving practices. This life-saving book
is the best gift you can give your teen.”
Laura Marchetti, Katie’s Mom, Citizen Representative
AAA Traffic Safety Foundation Board, ACS
“In life we make many investments. This investment you
don’t want to miss.
Every year, more teens die in car crashes than from
anything else. Most crashes are preventable. Research
proves that informed and involved parents make a
difference. 3 Keys … is a great resource to help parents
coach, monitor and support their teens.”
Michelle Anderson, Director of Operations, National Road Safety Foundation
“As a trauma nurse, I’ve seen too many teens suffer and die because
of car crashes that didn’t have to happen. Do everything you can to
keep your teen out of the emergency room – starting with using this
Sheila MacDonell, RN, MICN, TNCC
Providence Health Systems
Hi! I’m Anne Marie Hayes.
Three years ago, a life insurance specialist told me people over 30 are likely to live a long life. The trick is getting to 30! Too many teens and young adults die too soon because of risky behaviors and bad choices. Now – that scared me! My precious daughter, Emily, was 13 at the time. I needed to get Em through those high-risk years safely.
As a corporate trainer and former teacher, I did what I do best. I started creating a workbook resource for her. I wrote stories about all the things I worried about – bullying, eating disorders, drugs – but when I researched a story about driving, I stopped in my tracks because I realized …
… if I lose my daughter as a teen or young adult,
it will probably be in a crash!
And I can’t let that happen. I spent 3 years researching and working with the leading safety organizations across North America [including the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), AAA Foundation, National Organizations for Youth Safety, (NOYS) and the National Road Safety Foundation], driving instructors, police departments, collision investigation specialists and an army of loving parents who became safety advocates when they lost their sons or daughters in crashes.
Then I used my teaching and training skills to combine what I’d learned into a workbook for parents who want to protect their teens like I do. I included lots of fun quizzes, puzzles and activities to keep teens interested.
Teens relate to teens so I also included true stories about other teens who made mistakes with tragic consequences. They make great conversation starters to help families talk about safety and driving responsibility. (I’ve included questions with answers to keep you on the right track).
Like me, most parents aren’t driving instructors, so we don’t know where to start and what to include. So I broke everything down and organized it into 25 step-by-step practice lessons any parent can follow. Each one tells you where to hold the lesson, how long it should be, equipment you need, coaching tips, and exactly what to do.
Free Video Library!
Now – most of us have been driving a long time. We may have picked up a few bad or outdated habits. It’s important teens get it right because they’re going to be driving a long time. So we included a free video library that accompanies the lessons in the workbook. They cover everything from setting your mirrors (most people do it wrong) to how to corner correctly (too fast and they’ll lose control).
There are lots of videos about driving responsibly too. Some are professional. Some were created by other teens. They all appeal to today’s tech-savvy teens.
The resource is called “3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive: Lessons for Surviving the First Year of Driving” and it’s awesome!
In a minute, I’ll show you how you can help your teen deal with distractions like cell phones and teen friends. But first – let’s take a quick look at some of the things you’ll discover in this program:
25 detailed driving practice lessons so parent/coaches know exactly what to do and how to do it – each step of the way
More than 75 bite-sized, instructional driving videos so teens learn the right way (and don’t pick up your bad or out-dated habits)
8 checklists to make sure the first time your teen deals with tricky conditions – you’re there to help
12 months of Driving Logs so you can track your progress
Where to find great supplementary driving programs that are cheap or even free
Great tips to save you $1,000s on gas, vehicle maintenance and insurance!
“3 Keys To Keeping Your Teen Alive” by Anne Marie Hayes is a
comprehensive resource that fills a tremendous need for parents
to work through guiding their child to become a safe driver. The
interactive style of this resource between teen and parent provides
a tool for families to work together through the teen driver experience.
National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) believes that all
work done to address youth safety should be done with youth and
not to youth. This resource supports that model and supports
parent/teen learning relationships.”
Sandy Spavone, Executive Director
National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)
“This book is a must read for all teens and new drivers. As a
mother who lost her daughter in a car accident, I think Anne Marie
covers all the risks out there for new drivers.”
Linda Mulkey, Lauren’s Mom
“Designed with parental involvement in mind, 3 Keys to Keeping
Your Teen Alive is a comprehensive instruction manual designed
to give all new drivers a solid foundation of driving skills, based
upon proven safe-driving principles. I highly recommend its use
in the instruction of inexperienced drivers, and as a future reference
guide, for a lifetime of safe driving.”
Dean T. Johnson, President
The Sandy Johnson Foundation
Talking on cell phones and texting while driving are in the news a lot these days because they are dangerous distractions. They aren’t the only distractions. Eating, drinking (even coffee or soda), changing radio stations and smoking are all things people do in cars every day. They cause thousands of accidents every year and are especially dangerous for learning drivers.
Creating a family driving contract may sound like you’re going too far. After all, you trust your teen, don’t you?
The contracts accomplish two things. First, they make sure your teen understands the rules – because this is an area where “I thought you meant …” just won’t do. Second, they give your teen an excuse to do the right thing.
We all remember how tough it was to stand up to friends who pressured us to do something we knew we shouldn’t. When you have rules in place, with strict penalties you’re prepared to enforce if they’re broken – you give your teen a way out. They can tell friends who are pushing them to ‘speed up to catch that guy’ or ‘show that jerk who’s boss’ – “If I do that and get caught, I’ll lose the car for six months! There’s no way I’m gonna risk that.”
Today’s Teens Have an Extra Challenge
Driving is dangerous for everyone but today’s teens have a special challenge. Between computers, iPods and cell phones – they spend most of their day focused about 12 inches in front of their noses. Drivers, however, need to be watching a quarter-mile down the road! They need to keep their eyes up and use their peripheral vision – and those skills don’t come naturally. You need to coach your new driver to develop them.
Plus – new drivers need to develop that 360-degree awareness of what’s happening all around them. They need to be watching their mirrors all the time so they know where other vehicles are – (not to mention, pedestrians, cyclists and other hazards)! Then they need to be adjusting their speed and position continually so they maintain a protective “cushion” of space around their vehicle. You need to be their second set of eyes until they are really roadworthy.
No matter how mature they look and sound, teens are not adults.
16 year-olds are extremely motivated to learn to drive – but they aren’t automatically equipped to deal with it all. Studies show their brains won’t mature until around age 25, so things adults think are ‘common sense’ aren’t common at all to teenagers! They can be the most responsible, reliable kids in the world but sometimes they just don’t see how actions could have disastrous consequences! You need to talk to them and help them plan how to deal with potentially dangerous situations – before they encounter them.
Some road maneuvers are dangerous for everyone!
Take left-hand turns for example. You’re taking your life into your hands every time you do it because you need to cross a moving lane of traffic!
How fast is that car coming? Will that speeding truck stop when the light turns yellow?
Those kinds of judgments are very hard for new drivers to make – especially when the guy behind them lays on his horn or their buddies are yelling “Go! Go! Go!” Inexperienced drivers make mistakes and …
… driving mistakes can be deadly!
Think of all the things you need to know to drive - right turns, left turns, double-left turns (yikes!), lane changes, speed limit changes, speed bumps, school zones, hospital zones, construction zones, cross walks…
Then there’s interacting with other vehicles like school buses, city buses, speeding ambulances, trucks and police cars.
Parallel parking is the bane of every new driver but there are lots of other weird and potentially dangerous parking situations too. Underground parking, dark parking lots, wheelchair parking, leaving your keys, dealing with parking tickets …
Then there are highways, freeways and toll roads!
High speed driving has its own challenges but there’s also – merging into moving traffic, dealing with multiple lanes, gassing up, understanding the road signs, knowing where you are and what to do if you get lost – not to mention – toll booths, MOV lanes, breakdown lanes, soft shoulders and missed exits!
Country Driving Sounds Serene But It’s Loaded With Danger for New Drivers Too!
Gravel roads, phantom shoulders, pot-holes and slow-moving vehicles are just some of the challenges drivers face on country roads. Plus drivers tend to speed when there’s not a lot of other traffic!
The list goes on and on … Summer driving involves rain, fog and glaring sun! Winter driving involves icy roads, getting stuck in snow and dealing with snow plows! Railway crossings sometimes have gates and sometimes there’s only a sign. PLUS … everything looks different at Night!
1 in 2 Teens will be Involved in a Crash Within 6 Months of Getting Their License
You can help your teen by coaching them through all of those tricky situations so they get that crucial practice and develop the reflexive skills they need to survive it.
Last week I talked to a lady whose daughter was killed by a driver who was texting. At the end of the conversation, she said to me, “It’s so nice to talk to someone who didn’t have to lose their child to ‘get it!’”
Do You ‘Get It’?
“Back-over accidents happen every day when good people make
mistakes – and children die. Please teach your teen to back up
safely. This book will teach you things you didn’t think about.”
Aaron Chatten, Safety Advocate for
“I am very honored to be a small part of the creation of such an important resource for teen drivers. I strongly encourage parents to go through this book with your teens because it not only contains practical advice about what to do while driving, but also true stories about regular people who have suffered tragedy because of poor decisions. I believe there can be some productive discussions as teens and their parents open the lines of communication about driving safety.
We should never assume our children learn everything they need to know in Driver’s Ed. We are their role models and they learn the most from us. Thanks, Anne Marie, for caring enough to undertake such a huge task to help keep our young drivers as well as their parents safe while driving.”
Renee Napier, Meagan’s Mom
The Meagan Napier Foundation
But Anne Marie, I’m not a driving instructor.
That’s okay! You and your teen are exactly the people I made this program for. As long as you have a valid driver’s license, this program will give you the tools you need to coach, support and monitor your new driver.
What does this program include?
Customizable family contracts for each stage of Graduated Driver Licensing
A customizable contract for when they ride as passengers in another teen’s vehicle
True stories about tragedies involving other teens so they learn how to prevent crashes and stay safe
Quizzes to help teens understand hazards and how to deal with them
Basic vehicle maintenance information so teens can take care of their vehicles when Mom and Dad aren’t there to help
Tips to help them develop action plans for dealing with tricky situations like running out of gas, getting a flat tire or getting lost
An Accident Checklist to keep in the glove box so they can exchange driver information, record witness details and cope effectively under pressure
An instruction card to laminate and attach to jumper cables so they know how to use them safely if they ever need to
“3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive is a great tool for our new
drivers, their parents – and all ages. It will make a difference in
how we drive and make us all better drivers.”
“3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive is a must-have for every
informed parent who seeks to have their son or daughter return
home safely each time they use the car or even enter a friend’s
car. You will want to be assured that not only have you read it,
but also the other young drivers and parents with whom your
youth associates. There are never guarantees, but reducing risk
is always worth the effort!”
Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Founder of the I Promise Program
Teens Think “If I’m Sober, I’m Safe” – but They’re Wrong.
There’s an even bigger threat to teens. I’ve been driving for years and I thought I knew a lot, but after researching this project, I realized how much I didn’t know and I knew I had to share this information with other parents.
My “3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive” workbook will help you create action plans with your teen so they will know what to do when a potentially dangerous situation arises. You will also learn these secrets:
How to protect your young teen from a risk far greater than drinking and driving!
Which vehicles are best for new teen drivers and which ones to avoid
How your teen can get help in an emergency – even though you don’t subscribe to a cell phone plan
Which times of day are most dangerous for teen drivers? (You’ll be shocked by the answers!)
The one event no teen should drive to – and creative options for getting there instead.
How to take advantage of great free or cheap supplementary driving courses for your teen
Did you know that – in a crash -
an unbelted passenger can kill your teen?
If your teen is involved in a crash, their seatbelt is the #1 thing that will keep them alive! Teens find lots of excuses not to wear them and peer pressure is a powerful factor, so just telling them ‘always wear your seatbelt’ isn’t enough. Your conversation about seatbelts needs to include what to do if:
Nobody else does up their seatbelt
There are 6 people and 5 seatbelts
A friend refuses to buckle-up in their car
Someone wants to ride in the trunk or the back of the pickup truck – so the cops won’t see them?
There are lots of other topics that require in-depth conversations instead of flat statements. ‘Don’t drink and drive’ is another good example. It sounds simple but teens need help putting together action plans for how to deal with tricky situations like when:
They’re the designated driver but they had ‘a few beers’ even though they know they weren’t supposed to
A friend (who may or may not have been drinking) offers to drive them home in your car
The friend they went with has been drinking and they need a safe ride home
They get stranded at a party and need to get a ride home from someone they don’t know
“3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive” has stories followed by questions to help families explore situations and work out strategies for dealing with them. Don’t leave it to your teen to deal with them on the fly when they’re already in trouble or under pressure.
How much would you pay for the peace of mind of knowing your teen is roadworthy and can handle tricky situations without you by their side?
This 8 ½ by 11” 287-page workbook book will sell for $24.95.
You’ll probably save $2000.00 or more if your teen avoids just one minor fender bender – not to mention the increase in insurance premiums you’d be faced with.
But we want your feedback TODAY so we can use it in our promotions and book tour. So –
Downloadable MP3 audio files of all the chapters for parents so you can listen while walking or during your drive to work
Downloadable Seatbelt Promise card your teen can sign and carry in their wallet to remind them to buckle-up every time they see it
You can also get started right away. As soon as your order is placed, you’ll receive a link to download the first 3 chapters of the book. Get started on them while your book is on its way to you.
I can’t guarantee your teen won’t be involved in a crash, but I will promise that if you both follow this program faithfully, they’ll have the best chance of avoiding potential crashes and minimizing damage and injuries if a crash is unavoidable.
And I will guarantee that – if you buy the book – and don’t find it full of valuable information you can use to coach, mentor, and monitor your teen I’ll give you 100% of your money back.
Give yourself the gift of peace of mind.
Give your teen the gift of the confidence they know how to handle tricky or potentially dangerous situations when you aren’t there at their side.