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Educating young drivers on the negative impacts of distracted driving

Educating young drivers on the negative impacts of distracted driving

Despite national efforts to crackdown on distracted driving by tightening laws, distracted drivers, many of them under the age of 21, are involved in distracted driving accidents. In 2015, alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.

If those numbers are startling enough, over 600,000 drivers use an electronic device while driving during daylight hours. Given the statistics, you may be hesitant to send your young driver out on the road.

While you can’t keep them from staying away from the roads forever, you can help to educate your teen driver on the negative impacts of distracted driving. Don’t know where to start? Here are some tips.

Have an Open and Honest Discussion

Driver’s education courses, as well as classes at your young driver’s school, have a lot of discussions about the dangers associated with distracted driving. As a parent, you shouldn’t assume that your teen driver has learned all he or she can about distracted driving.

When it comes to driving, it’s important to have an open and honest discussion about the dangers driving as well as your own expectations. Discuss distracted driving laws, the consequences for breaking them, and how you feel about distracted driving. While your teen may resist yet another discussion about distracted driving, it’s important.

Be a Good Role Model

Want your teen to be a safer and law-abiding driver? Be sure that you follow the same rules. If you expect your young driver to refrain from texting and driving or eating a sandwich while behind the wheel, you need to adhere to your own expectations.

Even if you have decades more experience with driving don’t automatically make you less at risk of being in an accident caused by a distracted driver. Remember, the negative impacts of distracted driving can affect any driver.

Have a Little Friendly Competition

When trying to teach your teen driver about the dangers of distracted driving, why not make it a little fun? A free online game called “Cards of Distractibility” is an effective, fun and safe way to go head to head with your teen to experience the difficulty of distracted driving.

You, the “driver,” receives a series of texts while driving down the road. After one round, you are quizzed on which signs you saw on the road while you were texting. This online tool is a fun way to get the whole family involved and still stress the importance of safe driving.

Sign a Contract or Pledge

As much as you wish you could be right there in the passenger seat while your teen drives, you won’t always be able to be there. Giving your son or daughter driving advice and tips are invaluable, and you also need to trust that he or she knows what to do.

When having a discussion with your teen about your driving expectations, creating a contract, and having both you and your teen sign it can kind of “seal the deal” and make you more accountable for your actions behind the wheel.

GoCPS to Be Noble. Starting October 10, families with 8th graders will have a simple, new way to apply to all Noble schools. All 9th grade public high school applications for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, including those for Noble, will be completed in a new system called GoCPS. GoCPS, a program created by CPS, consolidates 150 high school applications into a single application for all public high schools. The result is a “one-stop-shopping” experience, where families can apply to up to 20 non-selective and 6 selective high schools all in one place.

To learn more about Noble and GoCPS, please be sure to visit us at one of our upcoming open houses. The open houses are great opportunities to see our campuses, meet school leadership, and get to know other families who are interested in Noble schools. Our open houses will also give you a chance to get more informed about GoCPS. You can even use one of our computers to fill out your high school application on the spot!

This FREE workshop provides the education and tools necessary to purchase and sustain a home in today’s market.

Topics include:

     · Home-ownership Readiness        · Shopping for a Home
· Managing your Money                   · Understanding Credit
· Protecting your Investment

At the end, participants will receive the HomeBuyer Education Certificate, a useful tool when applying for down payment assistance. NOTE: Must complete both parts (12 hours total) to be eligible to receive certificate.

WHEN: Saturday, November 18th
8:30am -3pm

WHERE: Center for Changing Lives
1955 N. Saint Louis Ave #101
Chicago, IL 60651

To Reserve your spot, please contact:
Imelda Rodriguez
Imelda@cclconnect.org
773-342-6210 x 230

GoCPS to Be Noble. Starting October 10, families with 8th graders will have a simple, new way to apply to all Noble schools. All 9th grade public high school applications for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, including those for Noble, will be completed in a new system called GoCPS. GoCPS, a program created by CPS, consolidates 150 high school applications into a single application for all public high schools. The result is a “one-stop-shopping” experience, where families can apply to up to 20 non-selective and 6 selective high schools all in one place.

To learn more about Noble and GoCPS, please be sure to visit us at one of our upcoming open houses. The open houses are great opportunities to see our campuses, meet school leadership, and get to know other families who are interested in Noble schools. Our open houses will also give you a chance to get more informed about GoCPS. You can even use one of our computers to fill out your high school application on the spot!

Open the doors of opportunity by attending orientation at Greater West Town’s no-nonsense Wood Products Manufacturing Program. Start a challenging and rewarding job making cabinets and furniture with no debt. Training is at no cost to eligible low-income applicants.  Job Placement services assure that you go straight into a job after the 15-week training!

Entry salaries range from $11 – $16 per hour, growing to $17 – $40 per hour with years of experience and on-the-job experience.

Fast track through training to careers such as skilled cabinetmaker apprentice, bench carpenter, machine operator, CNC operator, assembler, or solid surface counter fabricator. M-F, 8 – 2:30. Supportive instructional staff; transportation assistance; get an insider’s view of the industry!

No experience necessary; motivation a must!  Must be drug-free, ready-to-work, and at least 18 years old.  Info at woodworking.gwtp.edu or email training@gwtp.org or www.facebook.comgreaterwesttown.

Great careers start here!!! Call TODAY: 312-563-9570.

Passport to ChiArts is a FREE community open house and fall festival for all ages. On Saturday, October 28, experience our five conservatories through artistically engaging activities such as a musical petting zoo, live drawing stations, dress-up photo booth…and much more!

With treats, activities and student performances scheduled from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, this is the perfect way for your family to enjoy free fall festivities while celebrating the community’s future scholar-artists.

Open the doors of opportunity by attending orientation at Greater West Town’s no-nonsense Wood Products Manufacturing Program. Start a challenging and rewarding job making cabinets and furniture with no debt. Training is at no cost to eligible low-income applicants.  Job Placement services assure that you go straight into a job after the 15-week training!

Entry salaries range from $11 – $16 per hour, growing to $17 – $40 per hour with years of experience and on-the-job experience.

Fast track through training to careers such as skilled cabinetmaker apprentice, bench carpenter, machine operator, CNC operator, assembler, or solid surface counter fabricator. M-F, 8 – 2:30. Supportive instructional staff; transportation assistance; get an insider’s view of the industry!

No experience necessary; motivation a must!  Must be drug-free, ready-to-work, and at least 18 years old.  Info at woodworking.gwtp.edu or email training@gwtp.org or www.facebook.comgreaterwesttown.

Great careers start here!!! Call TODAY: 312-563-9570.

Need a job?  We can help!  Check out this excellent opportunity to study computerized inventory control, UPS & FedEx document preparation, and warehouse operations; earn a 10-hour OSHA safety card; and have the opportunity to become certified on forklift/reach truck/pallet jack.  Training is at no cost to income-eligible applicants.  Lifetime job placement services included.  88% placement rate for graduates in fiscal year 2015.  Only 12 weeks of training, M-F full time, launches a career in logistics!

No experience necessary; motivation a must!  Must be drug-free, ready-to-work, and at least 18 years old.  Call today: 312-563-9028 or www.gwtp.org.

Open the doors of opportunity by attending orientation at Greater West Town’s no-nonsense Wood Products Manufacturing Program. Start a challenging and rewarding job making cabinets and furniture with no debt. Training is at no cost to eligible low-income applicants.  Job Placement services assure that you go straight into a job after the 15-week training!

Entry salaries range from $11 – $16 per hour, growing to $17 – $40 per hour with years of experience and on-the-job experience.

Fast track through training to careers such as skilled cabinetmaker apprentice, bench carpenter, machine operator, CNC operator, assembler, or solid surface counter fabricator. M-F, 8 – 2:30. Supportive instructional staff; transportation assistance; get an insider’s view of the industry!

No experience necessary; motivation a must!  Must be drug-free, ready-to-work, and at least 18 years old.  Info at woodworking.gwtp.edu or email training@gwtp.org or www.facebook.comgreaterwesttown.

Great careers start here!!! Call TODAY: 312-563-9570.

Need a job?  We can help!  Check out this excellent opportunity to study computerized inventory control, UPS & FedEx document preparation, and warehouse operations; earn a 10-hour OSHA safety card; and have the opportunity to become certified on forklift/reach truck/pallet jack.  Training is at no cost to income-eligible applicants.  Lifetime job placement services included.  88% placement rate for graduates in fiscal year 2015.  Only 12 weeks of training, M-F full time, launches a career in logistics!

No experience necessary; motivation a must!  Must be drug-free, ready-to-work, and at least 18 years old.  Call today: 312-563-9028 or www.gwtp.org.