My oldest will soon be a teen driver. She is fifteen years old, and in our state (Tennessee) that means she can now get her permit to drive while there is an adult in the car.
She hasn’t taken her test yet, so she doesn’t have her permit yet. But the day is fast approaching!!
Due to that little fact, when I got the opportunity to review the Roadworthy DVD, I was intrigued. I wanted to see what it would have to teach me or my daughter and if it was worth our time.
Not only do I feel it was worth our time, I’m going to give you 6 reasons YOU should get it too!!
1. You won’t think of everything
This DVD teaches a lot of things that I would not have thought to teach. At least not to the degree it goes into in the DVD.
The lessons are all taught by a man named Mike Pehl. He has been a car crash investigator for 25 years. That has given him a passion for teaching teens how to drive more safely.
It starts out with safety procedures. It shows you how to check your side mirrors and where you need to put them so you have the most visibility. The proper place for your seat, hands on your wheel, etc.
I think since these are things that I just do naturally when I get in a car, I might have forgotten to show her these things. And more importantly, forgotten to show her how to fix them.
2. Ease of use
This DVD is on the Udemy platform instead of a physical DVD. This is great because it allows you to watch it on a mobile device or tablet.
The DVD is broken down into short sections. When you are out and about and have a few minutes, you and your teen can watch a section or two on your phone or tablet.
There are only 12 lessons, so when you are telling your teen about it, that is a great selling point! It won’t take too much of their time away from things they would rather be doing.
3. Your teen will listen to someone else faster than you
I like watching this with my teen, because then when we are out practicing her driving we can refer back to the DVD.
It won’t just be Mom being a pain in the rear and making her keep her hands in a certain spot or whatever else we go over while driving. She will know it is what needs to be done in order to drive safely!
We’ve all had people tell us how well behaved our kids are and we are so happy they didn’t do all those things they normally do at home! They are usually better for other people than they are for you, right?
I’m hoping that same logic will apply to my teen learning how to drive safely. Hopefully she will listen to what Mike has to say and apply it!
4. It opens up a conversation between you and your teen
There are many times throughout the DVD where we were able to stop the video and have a good conversation about certain things he was talking about during that lesson.
This was great because it gave us a chance to talk about things we might not have if we weren’t watching the DVD. Not because we don’t talk, but because we might not have thought about it.
The DVD started the conversation. And that is always a good thing.
5. YOU will learn how to drive better
There were definitely some moments while watching the DVD where I either learned something new or I relearned something I had stopped doing consistently.
Driving safely is hopefully a lifelong skill, so I am grateful I was able to learn some new things.
6. The stats are not in our favor
In the very first lesson, Mike tells us that 1 out of every 2 teens gets in a car accident within the first 6 months of driving. That’s 50% folks!
That is not okay.
I want that stat to go down! And, I definitely don’t want my teen to be the one that gets in a car accident!
I want to equip my kids with as much information and practice as I can so that they can be safe while driving themselves, their friends or siblings around town!
It’s a scary world out on the road. The more they know, the better off they will be.
It’s actually for you…
I will say, the DVD is really more geared towards the parent of the teen. Mike is teaching YOU how to teach your teen how to drive.
That being said, my daughter and I watched it together. Like I said before, I think it was good for her to hear everything from him. Then, when I reinforce it in a parking lot while she is practicing, or on the road, she will be more likely to listen to me. Plus, I can say, “Remember what Mike said!” :)
By the way, the Roadworthy DVD is included in the 10th grade curriculum package on Timberdoodle, so you don’t necessarily have to purchase it separately if you will be getting their package. Their grade packages are all picked for you with everything you need for that grade, so it makes things easy!
I definitely think it is worth the purchase to help you teach your child good habits on the road.