AllstateTeenDriver

No drag strip can compare to the thrill of safe driving at the Allstate Great Race!

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Crosswalk crazies. In-a-hurry ambulances. Dizzy drivers. Figuring out who's got the right of way has never been this challenging!

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So you're a genius driver? Try driving backwards, dodging tornados, deer, and… a Sasquatch.

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Put your gray matter to the test with Mind Games and it might, just might, make you a better driver.

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Being a Street Sleuth isn't just about digging up clues and solving mysteries. You also get to rock a Fedora.

Safe Driving Tip #1

Featured Videos

GDL Laws

Allstate takes a look at the benefits of State Graduated Licensing Laws which have been shown to reduce teen driving fatalities by 11%

A Contract

Dennis Haysbert narrates this Allstate commercial. Dennis explains that Allstate's parent-teen driving contract may help prevent your teens never returning from a drive.

The Lines

Our first-ever, live action, web series is about more than just drama. It's also about helping you make smart decisions behind the wheel.

Season 1

Ep.1

Ashley fights Brooke about their Friday night plans, while Ricky fights to get an internship at a law firm. Derek finds what he was looking for and finally can leave town.

Ep.2

Ashley makes a promise to her parents - she might find hard to keep. Ricky faces a choice - he's not sure he wants to make. Brooke learns she's got more to offer than she ever thought.

Ep.3

Ricky's choice proves to be very unpopular with his coach and Ashley. She wants his help, but he's not interested. Luke and Derek wheel and deal, while Brooke escapes to her car -- only to be interrupted.

Ep.4

Ashley needs a favor and finds herself left with only Luke to help. He makes her an offer -- she'd like to refuse. Ricky struggles to find enough time to get everything done, but doesn't want any favors, especially from his dad.

Ep.5

Ricky finds out about Luke's arrangement with Ashley and confronts her. She laughs at his concerns. Brooke argues with her mom over going to the city with Fiona. Derek hits the open road.

Ep.6

Luke surprises Ashley with a change in plans and more trouble. Brooke surprises her dad by racing off to hang with Fiona. Ricky learns choices always carry unforeseen consequences.

Ep.7

Derek helps Ashley out of a jam, but into the hands of Luke. She learns to always read the fine print. Brooke and Fiona find themselves trapped in the city and Ricky wonders if he made the right choice after all.

Ep.8

Ashley challenges herself to fulfill her promise. Ricky presents his case for the internship. Brooke gets grounded and Derek learns he wants to stick around after all.

Safe Driving Tip #2

Did You Know?

For teens, the risk of being in a car crash is at a lifetime high in the first 6 to 12 months and 1,000 miles of driving.

A teen's risk of being in a crash can be reduced by a combination of practice, gradual exposure to higher-risk situations and parental supervision.

For teens, just one passenger increases their crash risk by 48 percent.

Most fatal teen nighttime crashes happen before midnight.

Teen crash risk is high in the evening hours.

Do you know your state's GDL laws? States with strong GDL laws have seen as much as a 40 percent reduction in teen crash rates.

Every 24 seconds, so far in the U.S. there have been an estimate of over 900,000 crashes due to drivers using cell phones and texting while driving.

Teens behind the wheel are inexperienced and the consequences can be deadly for public safety.

Need some advice?

We have three suggestions that might help your piece of mind, and help keep your teen safe.

Talk to your young driver

How can you be a positive influence on your teen's driving?

Set ground rules and expectations about what it means for both you and your teen to be smart drivers.

Talk to other parents

Sometimes the best advice comes from the people who've already been there.

Connect with other parents of teens and share your safe driving experiences, triumphs, and lessons learned in Allstate's Good Hands Community.

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Talk to Allstate

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Allstate agents work with parents of new drivers every day. Let our experts help prepare you.

If you have questions about teen driving, an agent can help you get answers so your young driver has the insurance coverage they need.

Is your Teen Ready to Drive?

Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself before you start the conversation.

  • In general, does your teen show good judgment?
  • Do they generally resist peer pressure when it comes to risky or harmful behavior?
  • Is your teen willing to follow state driving laws and your rules? (Do you know what your state's Graduated Driving Laws (GDLs) are?)
  • Does your teen seem comfortable behind the wheel?
  • Does your teen truly understand what "safe driving" means? The Allstate Foundation's research shows that teens differentiate between "good" drivers and "safe" drivers. For example, teens consider "good" drivers to be those who can handle a car at high speeds while a "safe" driver follows all the rules.

Teaching Your Teen to Drive: Making Your Teen a "Smart Driver"

  • Good parents want their children to be able to tackle all of life's challenges.
  • Learning to drive is among the most important of those challenges.
  • Parents need to play an active role in the process.
  • Talk to your teen early and often.
  • Discuss the risks and responsibilities of driving when kids are young and keep talking to them before, during and after the licensing process to ensure they learn successful, safe driving skills.
  • Give these discussions the same priority as you would discussions about smoking, sex or drugs.
  • Don't rush things. Just because your teen has a permit or license it doesn't mean they're ready for every driving condition.
  • Practice with them in empty parking lots or on side streets.
  • Practice at night, in traffic and in adverse weather conditions.
  • Keep in mind that if they do have an accident, it might not be their fault.

Start the Teen Driving Conversation

Start the Teen Driving Conversation

When's the best time to talk about safe driving?

Right now. Research shows that too many parents put off the conversation until their teens are "permit age" (generally 15).

The other big 'talks' — as in smoking, drugs, sex — usually take place much earlier.

But the consequences of unsafe driving can be deadly, so the earlier you have the conversation, the better. Here are some tips to help the discussion.

The conversation shouldn't end once your teen has their license.

How they drive during those first few months sets the pattern for all future driving.

This web site is a great resource for you to keep the conversation going.

Talk with your young driver, not at them.

Remember, they're excited about driving.

It's a fun topic for them.

If your teen feels they can share their views, their experiences and their excitement about driving with you, things may go a lot more smoothly.

Being a "safe driver" is not something teens dream of becoming.

But becoming a "smart driver" does appeal to them.

The same goes for becoming a "skilled driver."

So concentrate on them learning to drive well and prepare them well for adverse driving situations such as rain, snow, and glare.

Don't be afraid to be parental.

You're still the authority figure they most admire.

Your job is to provide structure for your teens.

They won't ever say so, but it's what teens want and what they need-- a parent, not a friend.

Don't balk at enforcing the guidelines.

A consequence is not a consequence unless you enforce it.

Taking away your teen's driving privileges for a week or a month may not be convenient for you, but it might just save their life.

GDL

In a nutshell, GDL laws let novice drivers get on-road driving experience gradually and under lower-risk conditions. These laws have been proven to help save lives.

Typical provisions of graduated licensing laws are:

  • Extended periods of supervised driving before a full license is granted
  • Required hours of adult supervision during learner periods
  • Restrictions on late-night driving during initial months after teens get their license
  • Restrictions on driving with teen passengers
  • Seat belt requirements for drivers and passengers
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Interested in saving some money?

Whether you cover your teen's insurance premium, or they pay it on their own, you may be able to take advantage of some very helpful discounts - especially if your home or other autos are insured with Allstate.

Here are some discounts* your young driver may be eligible for:

  • Multi-Line Discount
  • Good Student
  • Passive Restraint Systems
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Anti-Theft Devices
  • Defensive Driver Discount

See more auto insurance discounts at Allstate.com or speak to an Allstate Agent.

*The availability, qualifications and amount of these discounts may vary from state to state. In addition, terms, conditions and exclusions may apply, and total savings may vary depending on the coverages purchased.

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Today's Teen Driving Headlines:

Allstate Young Drivers Programs

Allstate hosts teen driving programs, with the goal of helping teens stay safe on America's roadways. All of the programs reinforce good driving practices, help facilitate conversations with parents and are committed to safe driving.

Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation's teen safe driving program continues to develop innovative, teen-informed approaches to help raise awareness. Read below to learn more about these programs.

Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation aims to make smart driving socially acceptable by changing the way teens think and act in the car. Here you can find information on many aspects of teen driving, as well as parent-related research and tips.

Keep The Drive

Keep the Drive is a national teen-to-teen smart driving movement to change the way teens think and act as a driver or passenger. Keep the Drive educates teens about the issue and empowers them to become smart driving activists in their schools and communities. For more information, visit www.KeeptheDrive.com

keepthedrive.com

KeeptheDrive.com is a teen-led movement to take on the number one killer of teens — car crashes. The website, which speaks to teens on their level, is full of teen-focused information and resources that can help keep young drivers safe.

Act Out Loud — What is it?

Car crashes are the number one cause of death and injuries for teens in the United States. You and your friends can help change those statistics by ACTING OUT LOUD and raising your voices for save teen driving. Join teens across the country and Act Out Loud through peer-led youth traffic safety activities and compete for prizes totaling more than $270,000! To learn more about this program, go to www.actoutloud.org.

From September 4, 2012 - April 1, 2013 you and your team are invited to enter the Act Out Loud 2013 and raise your voices in your school and community for safe teen driving. This year high school teams will plan an Act Out Loud rally to take place in May as part of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month! There are fun projects along the way to help your team earn up to $1,000 for your rally, and qualify for the grand prize of $10,000!

Calling All Teens

You can help save a life, maybe even your own or someone you love. To learn more about Act Out Loud go to www.actoutloud.org. Start planning your rally today.

High School Journalist Write to Drive Change

The Allstate Foundation sponsors the annual Keep the Drive High School Journalism Awards to encourage teens to educate their peers about the importance of stronger driving laws at the state or national level. To learn more about this program go to The Allstate Foundation.

Save11

The Save11 Facebook community has one goal and that is to make the roads safer for teens. Allstate is focused on encouraging every state to adopt the new Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) standards. GDL will help prevent teen driving deaths by introducing teens to the driving experience; gradually and in lower-risk settings. Join the movement today at facebook.com/save11.

Drive It Home

If you are looking for more resources and tools to keep teen drivers safe, visit the Drive It Home site at www.driveithome.org.

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GDL

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws are licensing programs created to protect new drivers and help them obtain hands-on experience under lower risk conditions. These laws work, too. They've actually been proven to save lives. Typically, GDL laws contain provisions for extended periods of adult supervision during learner phases, restrictions on late-night driving and driving with other teen passengers, plus mandated seat belt use. Heads up though, each state's GDL laws are different, so check the laws where you live.

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Contact Allstate

To find answers to your teen driving questions please contact your Local Allstate Agent. If you do not have a Local Agent, you can Find and Agent nearby ready to help you with all your teen driving needs.

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