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Do you want your teenage driver to beat the odds & avoid having a crash within the first few months of having a driver's license? That's my goal, too.
I've spent over twenty years training tens of thousands of teen drivers to learn defensive driving skills, and the essential habits of being alert & prepared to avoid the mistakes of other careless or reckless drivers. Learning how to drive is much more than learning the rules & regulations on the driver's permit test. What really matters is knowing how to see hazards that put your life at risk while there's still time to react.
"Don't crash" is great advice, but it's not enough knowledge for any of us these days.
There are more people driving distracted than ever before, and I want your teen to be prepared with the right kind of practice, and the right kind of knowledge, so that they will NOT be another teen who just "lucks out" and gets their driver's license, but then crashes within the first few months.
The information in this course is what I've used with my own local students for more than two decades. The results I've seen with those young drivers is the basis for my statement that it IS possible for teenagers to be safe drivers. What it takes is the right information, and the right process for training.
This course has tips for the best possible behind-the-wheel practice, including how to start, how to safely learn freeway ramp entering & exiting, how to practice parallel parking, and how to KNOW that it's really time for your teen to take the road test, without stress when they take the car keys and drive away without you in the car.
This course WILL help your teenager, or ANYONE who wants to learn to drive in the most efficient, most safe, most successful way I know. It's results-oriented, and proven over many years and thousands of students.
My time as a crash investigator is what inspired me to help people understand how to defend themselves when bad situations happen on the road. I saw too many tragedies that didn't have to happen.
Take the process of helping your teenager learn to drive seriously, because the risks are real, and what many experts regard as the "normal" statistics are frankly unacceptable,
YOUR teen can do better, armed with this information & these training methods!
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|Section 1: Welcome! Teen Drivers CAN Learn to be "Roadworthy" & avoid crashes. Learn how!|
Do you want the atmosphere in your car to be calm and peaceful during driving lessons? Of course! If you and your teenager are stressed out in the vehicle, it's bad for learning and also bad for your relationship. So this lesson has four important steps to do BEFORE you get into the car for driving practice. You'll also learn the exact vocabulary I use for behind-the-wheel lessons with my own students, so you can teach just like an expert instructor.
|Section 2: The Safety Checklist|
Good habits can protect us for a lifetime. Your teen needs to know the 4 items on this Safety Checklist. Even experienced drivers like you may not know some of the important tips in this lesson!
|Section 3: Lesson 3: First Time in Gear|
Good intentions aren't enough. It's possible to make big mistakes with your novice driver! I'll tell you a story about one mom who ended up with a broken leg during the her son's first BTW lesson.
|Section 4: Lesson 4: Fine Tune the Basics|
Your teen's skills will advance in this lesson. I'll explain customized training methods to improve targeting & turning. Parents, proper hand position may be different from when you learned to drive!
|Section 5: Lesson 5: The First Road Trip|
Every novice driver learns at a different pace. I'll help you practice smart, and know when your son or daughter is ready to move out of the parking lot, into residential areas, and do it safely.
|Section 6: Lesson 6: Head Out on the Freeway|
Freeway ramps. Merging with traffic at highway speeds is difficult & dangerous. Your teenager MUST master this, and do it safely! My methods make the process safe, easy & effective.
|Section 7: Lesson 7: Master the Country Roads|
Many parents don't realize that country roads are especially hazardous for teenage drivers. I'll explain why that's true, and how your teen can learn to avoid a very common & deadly type of crash.
|Section 8: Lesson 8: Keep It Moving|
Don't waste your time with meaningless practice! Too many parents let their novice driver get in a rut with the same routine driving. I'm going to teach you to avoid that mistake. Plus insurance info.
|Section 9: Lesson 9: Parallel Parking & the 90 (Ninety) Degree Back-Up|
Most state driving exams require your teen to master these skills to get their license. My methods make it easy for your teenager to practice and learn.
|Section 10: Lesson 10: Defensive Driving|
This is what I'm most passionate about teaching you and your teen! As a crash investigator, I've seen firsthand proof that not enough people have learned these defensive driving principles!
|Section 11: Lesson 11: License Day|
When should your teen get their driver's license? I've got a simple, clear way to make this decision and be sure you're not making that choice too soon. Don't make the common "birthday mistake!"
|Section 12: Lesson 12: Start Early & Never Stop|
Do you know what YOUR crash rate is? You're going to be surprised at why that matters for your teenager.
|Section 13: BONUS Lesson 13: Distracted Driving - Surviving the "new drunk driver"|
Distracted driving is an epidemic. Your teens need to know how to protect themselves! Fatal crashes are happening every day because of cell phones, texting & other distractions.
|Section 14: EXTRAS!|
This is a short video, but includes information about carbon monoxide that most people do not know.
Most adults get so comfortable with the skill of driving that they forget it's very challenging at first. It seems hard to imagine that a student driver would freeze to the accelerator, but this happens quite often. This episode of Behind the Wheel CONFIDENTIAL shares one teacher's experience with a young driver education student was very lucky that her teacher had an instructor brake on her side of the car.
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Hi, I'm Mike Pehl. I'm a former insurance agent, veteran crash investigator, and professional driving instructor.
Most car crashes do NOT have to happen. I'm passionate about teaching drivers how to avoid collisions and protect themselves (and their passengers ) from tragedies that can be prevented.
A colleague once called me "an innovative rebel." Yep, that suits me. I'm not a bureacrat and I don't have perfect grammar. But I do care about what works to keep people alive on the roads. My style of teaching has been developed, and proven successful, with tens of thousands of teenage drivers in Minnesota.
Teenage crash statistics are shocking, but they CAN change with the right methods and the right training. My students are living proof of that.
If you're a teen, or if you're the parent of a teenage driver, I really want your family to access the information in this course. It can be the difference between life and death in a vehicle. That may sound dramatic, but I've got plenty of stories to share from former students and parents, who've told me how that's been absolutely true in their own lives.
Too many legislators, and even some safety advocates, believe that it's impossible for a teenager to learn to drive safely. Well, I humbly disagree, based on my experience teaching thousands of teenage drivers.
Accidents do happen, and I can't say I have all the answers. But I do know that the right mindset and the right training methods can be the difference between your son or daughter gaining the skills they'll need for a lifetime of safe driving ... or becoming just another teenager with inadequate preparation who "lucks out" and gets their license, only to crash a few weeks later. It happens all the time. But I don't want that to be your family's story!
Since I have experience as an insurance agent, I also believe in better education about insurance costs and liability. Here's how I usually start that conversation with the parents of my students:
"Every time a young person takes the car keys, they have the power to change the house your family lives in, the clothes your family wears, and the food your family eats ... if they crash that car."
Young drivers need to understand this as they go through the process of driver education. Car crashes are most tragic when lives are lost. But injuries, and the financial devastation that can result from insurance liability and lawsuits, are also a serious concern for anyone with a teenage driver.
Most state driver's license exams focus on questions like how many feet your headlight beams have to shine. And lots of people worry about passing the parallel parking requirement. What I care about is keeping people alive on the roads, and helping them understand how they can develop their defensive driving abilities to protect themselves - anytime they're driving or riding in a car.
I sincerely hope this course will help many more teens and families become "smarter, safer drivers." To be honest, we'll benefit from that, because we all share the roads.