Dramatic scare tactics often flop, yet parents need to talk with their teenagers in honest, explicit terms about the consequences of risky driving, say adults in a town recently struck by teen traffic deaths.
And moms and dads need to practice what they preach behind the wheel.
"I realized that what I was teaching her was, 'Do as I say, not as I do,'" one mother said of her daughter. "They watch our habits and see what we do."
A North Carolina state trooper, lamenting 35 teen-driver deaths in his state, suggests a subtle yet impactful, lasting approach. At school assemblies he asks teen drivers to close their eyes and think for a few minutes, "Who do you want to come to the hospital and identify your body, your mom or your dad? Imagine your mom or dad coming in that room, looking down at your body."
Read the The Asheville Citizen-Times article.