Friday, August 12, 2016

Roadworthy ~ A Parent's Guide to Teaching Teens to Drive



Roadworthy: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Teens to Drive is a great DVD for both parents and students. Handing over the car keys to your teen driver is a bit nerve-wracking. With driving comes huge responsibility. This DVD provides great reminders as your teen driver takes to the road. As part of the 10th Grade Timberdoodle Curriculum Kit for 2016 your student will greatly benefit from this STEM instructional tool. 

There are 14 sections included on the DVD:
  1. Welcome! Teen Drivers CAN Learn to be "Roadworthy" & avoid crashes. Learn how!
  2. The Safety Checklist
  3. First Time in Gear
  4. Fine Tune the Basics
  5. The First Road Trip
  6. Head Out on the Freeway
  7. Master the Country Roads
  8. Keep It Moving
  9. Parallel Parking & the 90 (Ninety) Degree Back-Up
  10. Defensive Driving
  11. License Day
  12. Start Early & Never Stop
  13. Distracted Driving - Surviving the "new drunk driver"
  14. EXTRAS!
As a parent of 6 children, two of which are already driving, I was excited to get the opportunity to review this DVD. Our third child, and only son, is 15 years old. I would be lying to say that I am not a bit anxious about putting him behind the wheel. Like his older siblings, when he turned 15, he started working on the requirements to obtain a learners permit. We want to provide our son with as many months behind the wheel as possible before he turns 16 and gets his official license. Roadworthy has been a great tool and resource. In a nutshell, Roadworthy is a defensive driving DVD.



Mike Pehl is a veteran Accident Investigator, and Driver's Safety Expert. With this DVD he hopes to give parents and young drivers practical tips and advice that will last a lifetime. Did you know that 1 out of 2 teens crash in the first 6 months of driving. This statistic has remained the same for the past 50 years. Most states require only 30 hours of drive time before getting a license. The whole DVD in its entirety is only a bit over 1 hour in length.

Mike talks about the importance of choosing the best instructor. Teaching a teenager to drive requires someone who can remain calm and collected. I know that I am NOT the one to best instruct my child behind the wheel. I am extremely too nervous and uptight sitting next to a newbie driver and am definitely more of a detriment than an asset.

I love the practical tips that Mike gives throughout the DVD lessons. From the "4 point checklist" to real world driving, Mike drives home the basics without lecturing or being too wordy. Each lesson is about 5 minutes in length.



I learned some new things too! I, like most adults learned the 10 & 2 rule when learning to drive. Well, did you know that because of airbags that rule is no longer recommended. So where are you supposed to place your hands on the wheel now? Hand placement is now either 9 & 3 or 8 & 4.

Some helpful hints that will be covered in more detail are:
  • Why Saturday and Sunday are great days for practice driving
  • importance of adding distractions to the mix
  • great tips for nailing parallel parking and 90 degree back in's

The section entitled, Distracted Driving is the "New Drunk Driver" was definitely an eye opener. I am sure that it is not surprising to anyone that cell phones are becoming the #1 killing machine. The time that it takes a distracted driver to look at their phone is approximately 5 seconds which equals the length of time it would take to cross the length of a football field. It is not only phones that distract drivers from their #1 priority which is SAFE DRIVING! Eating, the radio, passengers, applying make-up, shaving, and the list goes on. As a driver it is your responsibility to keep the roads safe for everyone. 



The timing of my son learning to drive and watching this DVD was perfect. My son just earned his learner's permit!! Yikes, talk about exciting and scary all at once. My husband took my son out to the car for the first time with my son behind the wheel. My son's first experience behind the wheel consisted of talking, explaining everything on the dashboard, and turning the car on to try everything out. 





My son said, "Thank you Mike Pehl for this very informative DVD. You covered so much in only an hour. I am glad that my mom had me watch this."

We inherited my husband's, grandmother's Buick years ago. It may look like a granny car but it is a great car for learning how to drive. So far two older sibling have learned with it and now it's my son's turn. 

Thank you, Mike Pehl for making this DVD for parents and young drivers. I learned a great deal of information and appreciate the advice you gave. I definitely feel more confident with my son getting behind the wheel after we watched your DVD. 

I would highly recommend this DVD to all parents of soon to be driver's, as well as current driver's. By taking 1 hour out of your day or week to watch this DVD will make a difference. I encourage you to talk with your child after watching each episode or at least after watching it in its entirety. 


Disclaimer: For this review I did not receive an actual DVD. I received a link to the DVD contents uploaded as an online product using an online platform. Using this platform the name is a bit different, "Teach Your Teen to Drive, Stay Alive & Get ROADWORTHY." I received this product for free from Timberdoodle in exchange for my honest review. 

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