Teen Driver Safety
Helping teens stay safe while driving is an important adult living skill. Road rage can be a deadly problem for young people and learning how to cool it can be a life-saving adult living skill for teens, and especially teens with special needs.
Road Rage is Common
According to MOTOsafety, 40% of teens experience anger while on the road.* The article link below offers good advice on steps teens can take to avoid the stress of road rage and help teens remain calm while driving. (Be sure to go to the blog—they are also trying to sell a monitoring system.) Some ideas include:
Avoiding eye contact in stressful driving situations
Listening to music the teen enjoys
Using the “I’m sorry” gesture should the teen make a mistake while driving
Try this Free Lesson
Other ideas for driver safety are included in the free lesson provided here called “Cooling Road Rage” from Daily Living Skills’ workbook Transportation. Use the article below to begin a discussion on teens’ experiences with rude or angry drivers. Brainstorm ideas to help students avoid confrontation. Then, cement that knowledge with this free lesson.
If time allows, finish up by having students create their own “Cooling Road Rage” posters to encourage others to follow their example.
For More Information
“Cooling Road Rage” is from Daily Living Skills’ workbook Transportation. Like all books in the series, it is written on a 3rd/4th-grade level with airy pages and lots of bullet-point information while honoring teen sensibilities and maturity. Lessons meet Indicator 13 standards and federal mandates for transition skills. To learn more go to our store or our TPT store.