Workshops for Parents of Teen Drivers

Active role best for parents of teenage drivers

Studies show that when parents set boundaries and take an active role in their teenager’s driving education, the new driver’s chances of being in a crash can be reduced by up to a third. In a recent BC study, 75% of teenagers said their parents have the most influence on their driving.

In the Driver’s Seat workshop for parents of teens and young drivers

BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation workshops and resources are highly recommended.

"It gets you thinking about what you are modelling, and how to teach your kids." - Abbotsford parent

"I like the booklet and practical excercises to do with your teen." - Salmon Arm parent  

This workshop provides the knowledge, tools and resources you need to:

  • have a positive influence on your teenager’s driving
  • manage your teenager’s driving education

Our tools to help you assess your teenager’s readiness to move through the licensing stages and help you establish boundaries and consequences. This workshop is not about helping your teenager pass the road test. It is about helping your teenager become a safe driver.

PACs and other parent groups

The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation has a variety of presentation options for your group. Each participant will receive resources that include a copy of the 20-page handbook Teen Driving Strategies for Parents.

Workshop details

Workshops are conducted at a school or other community meeting place for a minimum of one and a half hours. They are usually held between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekday evenings. Lunchtime workplace seminars are also available.

Workshop participants learn five key steps to help their teenager be safer on the road as they learn to drive.

Step 1 – Know the Facts
Learn the risks your teenage driver faces. Find out what influences their driving.

Step 2 – Assess Your Influence
Find out about the critical role you, as a parent, play in developing your teenager’s driving attitudes and behaviours. Assess what kind of a role model you are.

Step 3 – Get Informed About the Process
Understand BC’s licensing process and the graduated licensing rules.

Step 4 – Manage the Process
Learn how to manage the learning-to-drive process to help reduce your teenager’s risk.  

Step 5 – Use the Tools
Use two types of tools to help you manage the process: assessment tools help you determine when your teenager is ready to move to the next step; and family driving contracts help you set boundaries, establish consequences and provide a focus for communicating about driving with your teenager.