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Are you Ready to Drive? – #MyDrivingMatters ‘That was CLOSE!’ Vodcast: Episode 5

This episode of #MyDrivingMatters ‘That was CLOSE!’ is sponsored by:

The fifth episode in the #MyDrivingMatters ‘That was CLOSE!’ vodcast series is on Are you Ready to Drive? It features guest experts, Cst. Shaun Asselstine, Toronto Police Service and Joanne Dalziel, Co-operators. This episode discusses young drivers’ risk factors and crash risk, and how to gauge your teen’s readiness to drive. There’s a wealth of research on young drivers and some of the important risk factors when they learn to drive, as well as strategies to reduce those risks. Many of the key driving behaviours we’re talking about in this series like distraction, speed, and of course, impairment are important risk factors. But there are other pieces to the puzzle, such as hazard perception, the presence of young passengers in the vehicle and driving at night which is particularly risky for new drivers. This final episode in the five-part series covers the most asked question by both parents and teens…how do I know when I’m [my teen is] ready to drive, especially on my own?

TIRF educational resources & programs featured at the end of each episode are accessible here:

Guest expert:

Cst. Shaun Asselstine
Toronto Police Service
Traffic Services Division


Joanne Dalziel
Senior Manager



Show notes:

Our #MyDrivingMatters ‘That was CLOSE!’ teen & parent vodcast series is sponsored by Co-operators with co-hosts, Robyn Robertson, TIRF President & CEO, Karen Bowman, TIRF Director, Communications & Programs, and her daughter, Kylee Bowman, a young driver. Episodes in the series are structured to be conversational, engaging, and relatable to Canadian teens and their parents. Each episode features at least one guest expert sharing their knowledge and experience on several road safety topics including speed & distraction, driver education during a pandemic, benefits of parental involvement, passing the knowledge test, and readiness to drive. Links to the resources mentioned in each episode are available under Resources.

Vodcast thumbnail design, host & guest caricatures by Kylee Bowman
Vodcast post-production by Diane Akam, dnafilms
TIRF co-hosts makeup by Erica Harris

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