Allstate Breaks New Ground with Hispanic Teen Drivers #VamosConCuidado

Disclosure:  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.

Last month I became something I had been dreading for awhile.  Something that I wish I could’ve postponed for a little while longer.  Something that kinda even scares me…

A mom of a teen driver. *GULP*

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So not only have I had to get used to the fact that my “little girl” is growing up, but now I also have to get in a car with her behind the wheel.  Quite frankly, it’s all a bit much for me.  It’s about time I chuck the whole “I’m not ready!” attitude, and start sucking it up.  Yes, she’s driving.  And yes, I have to let her.  Dang near gives me a mild heart attack each and every time.  But it’s time…and I’m learning to let go.

But for me, letting go means arming myself with new knowledge, tips, and advice on how to keep her as safe as possible when on the road.  “¡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 accidentAnd 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.  It’s a statistic that people might hear and not give it a second thought…that is, of course, unless you have a teen driver in the house.  When you do, it’s scary, scary stuff, people.

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I recently had the pleasure speaking to Allstate’s national Hispanic community spokesperson, Jorge Monsivais, a Latino Allstate agency and parent of a teen driver.  We spoke about the new dangers facing teen drivers today (like cell phone distractions and texting while driving) and I even ‘fessed up on my own nasty habits and how I want to prevent my daughter from picking them up.

The biggest takeaway I got from my conversation with Mr. Monsivais was communication.  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.  He directed my to Allstate’s Parent/Teen Driving Agreement and I think it’s genius!  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.  I love it!

I’m still extremely nervous about this unchartered territory I’ve entered with my daughter now able to drive the family car, but after being armed with Allstate’s teen driving resources, I’m hopeful that I can reiterate the safe driving message that is critical to keeping teens mindful on the road.

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For more information on teen driving, and for Latino parent teen driving resources, including a teen driver contract visit: www.AllstateFoundation.org/vamos.

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  1. I’m so glad I have 13 years before my oldest will be driving. Maybe we’ll teleport by then? ;-)
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  2. I’m a teen driver myself, and I felt nervous the first time I drove. Especially with my family on board! I’m thinking of putting off getting my professional license till I’m 20!
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  3. I can’t even think about having a teen driver at this point. I know it is going to take a lot of prayer!
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  4. I remember my own driving skills (or lack thereof) as a teen. The thought of my son behind the wheel is nerve wracking.
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  5. I was so scared when my daughter was learning to drive! She is 23 and I still worry! Allstate has pulled together a great program!
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  6. My mother actually didn’t teach me to drive, she didn’t want the responsibility, my husband wound up teaching me while we were dating. It’s so important to instill good habits when they’re young, I know from experience lol.
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  7. It’s so important to instill this sense of safety and safe driving in young drivers. I love this program.
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  8. I believe in terms of driving, its always best to be on the safe side.

  9. I definitely think that when we have kids, my boyfriend will have to be the one who teaches our kids to drive. I would be waaaay too freaked out. Good luck to you and your daughter!
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  10. It’s so sad that car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers. So heartbreaking.

  11. I can’t even imagine what I’ll feel when my daughter starts driving! It’s probably a scary time for you, but just think – it will get better. Once you stop worrying so much (is that possible?) you can enjoy having another driver to ease your errand load :)
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  12. I’m so nervous for my son to drive. He’s 11 and counting down the years!!
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  13. My son has been driving for a year. I still dread him leaving the house! I guess that will never go away.

  14. I told my husband he was going to have to teach our kids to drive. I don’t think I have the nerves to do it.
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  15. Several of my kids’ friends wrecked their cars within a year of being licensed. It takes a long, long time for teens to really be safe on the road. Some never get there. ;(
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  16. My mom was so nervous when I started driving. She had a stick shift and it was impossible to maneuver! haha
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  17. You just have to remember we all started where she is now. The first time I got in a car it was a disaster. I didn’t ask for permission and I decided I was going to learn on my own. Bad idea!
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  18. I think every program like this is a great thing for both teens and adults! If we can start out with safe habits we should keep them for a long time.
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  19. Yes communication is so important. That and patience while they learn.
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  20. I feel your pain. My son is 18 and has been driving for just under a year.

  21. I remember the first time I was driving, I don’t know who was more scared me or my mother! I am so glad I have a long way to go before I have to teach anyone how to drive!
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  22. All we can do is educate them on the rules and the proper way to focus. The rest is up to them. I hope when my children are ready for this step, I will have the same attitude!
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  23. I’ve made a change in my driving. I’m way more cautious then ever.
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  24. My son is in a driving class right now and I am a wreck thinking about it. Luckily he was like me and had no desire to drive so he is 17. I just hope he is still like me and getting his license because some of the places he is applying to work say it is mandatory even though he will not be driving for them. He rides his bike everywhere though – not sure if that is safer though!
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  25. I laughed. I’ve got two boys, both grown who’ve done it. Now my daughter’s about that age too. Skeery stuff, that…not necessarily the driving, but that they’re old enough to drive! :) :) :)

  26. Lots of interesting teen driving facts. Glad AllState is taking the time to educate.
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  27. The world of driving has become a much more scary place with people texting and such.
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  28. I remember the first time I was driving, I was so nervous and scared. My 16yrs old sisters are driving soon, hopefully they will be better drivers than me.

  29. I really love the AllState Foundation. We {my teen and I} went to one of their events last year and it was very informative.
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  30. My sons are grown now but I remember the anxiety I had when they were learning to drive. It is great that you have these resources to ease your mind a bit and I hope they are helpful to other parents too. These resources help make teens better drivers and we all benefit from that.
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  31. Car crashes terrify me. I was just in a bad accident about a month ago and thankful my daughter was not with me. I think distracted driving is a HUGE problem these days and it honestly scares me because I know one day she will be on the road with not so smart drivers.
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  32. What a scary but exciting new adventure.
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  33. I’m remember learning how to drive (late in high school – I didn’t get my license until I was in college.) I think it’s so important to be open and communicate with our children, but I’m also so scared of when my son becomes a teen and wants to learn to drive. (I have several years to go!)
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  34. I remember the days when my daughter first started driving. I was scared and nervous letting her drive.

  35. I can only imagine how stressed this is making you! I would freak out a bit! Good that you are taking the time to talk to her about all the safety issues out there when it comes to teens and driving! To be honest I do not drive but I know that as soon as my son is old enough he will want to drive because this boy is in love with cars! Hope I’m ready and have good car insurances!
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  36. I love the look on your daughter’s face! I’ve been driving for 20+ years and I still feel like I’m a newbie on the road, let alone a teenager!
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  37. It is so wonderful when kids start to drive.
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  38. I am faced with a teen driver right now. Its scares me when they are first learning to drive!
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  39. We plan on getting our son his learner’s permit this summer. I won’t lie. I’m terrified! But then again, in a year he can drive everyone to school and I can sleep in!
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  40. I’m so afraid of this part of my kids growing up… I can lock them in their rooms and never let them grow up, right? No? Ugh… I guess driver’s ed and lots of practice has to suffice then. At least I have 6 more years… I’d better not blink.
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  41. Good luck with your new teen driver! Those statistics are scary!
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  42. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Teen drivers truly can be scary. I was nervous with each of my three kids. Hopefully your child will be a good and safe driver. Good luck!

  43. No, I don’t want to think about it. My daughter is several years away from driving. The whole idea is terrifying. At least there are a few programs out there like Allstate’s.
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  44. My daughter is still 10 years from her learners permit and that it too soon for me! It is great that Allstate is reaching out and identifying specific groups.
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  45. I got a lot of years to go before my daughters start driving. When I started driving as a teen, my mom would nearly have a heart attack in the passenger seat.
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  46. I love AllState. They have great programs for teen drivers and adult drivers alike. They’re also one of the better insurance companies I have ever had to deal with.

  47. My 16 year old son is getting his license. I told him he needs the tools to be prepared and to watch for other drivers as they are the worst. I am so nervous
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  48. Teen drivers can be scary at times, a lot of them drive recklessly.

  49. Setting good examples and keeping the lines of communication open is probably the best help we can give to teen drivers.
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  50. I’m with Scott! I am a few years away too, and hardly think about this now. I do agree that communication between parents and their teen drivers is crucial. We want them to be as safe as possible – they are so green when it comes to driving.

  51. I’m a few years away from thinking about this, so I ignore it for now. I know it is coming though!
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  52. The statistics are scary! I still have a few years until I have a teen driver, but I’m already dreading it!

  53. 42% is a lot, but it’s not the majority. I’m glad to know that most parents are in the know, and the others are being educated.
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  54. OH THE TEENAGE DRIVER!!! We did this three times so far and have three more to go… you worry EVERY TIME they are behind that wheel… Helping them learn is the hardest.. I always went into panic especially when my son would drive through stop signs and swear it wasn’t there… Good luck ;-)

  55. I have a few years before having to worry about this, but not looking forward to it. I’m thankful for all of the safe information out there to help teach my kids, we are starting young! They soak it in like a sponge :)

  56. Teen drivers scare me. My step son is 16 and in drivers ed. I am afraid to share the road with him and kids that age….lol.
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