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Speed & Distraction – #MyDrivingMatters ‘That was CLOSE!’ Vodcast: Episode 1

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

The first episode in the #MyDrivingMatters ‘That was CLOSE!’ teen & parent vodcast series is on speed & distraction and features guest expert, Cst. Shaun Asselstine, Toronto Police Service. Unexpected events on the road are something we experience every day, and yet, we often may not be prepared for them. While we may drive the same route to work or to school or to a friend’s house every day that the drive is a little bit different. There may be construction or traffic lights out, or pedestrians and cyclists on the road. Drivers who are speeding or distracted may miss important elements and are unable to adjust to the unexpected. Driving is an important responsibility simply because of the size and the mass of vehicles. Speeding and/or driving distracted can give you less time to react and potentially cause catastrophic injury and death. In this episode, we discuss how parents can support their teens as they learn to drive, and some simple steps teens can use to keep themselves safe.

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


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 caricatures by Kylee Bowman
Vodcast post-production by Diane Akam, dnafilms
TIRF co-hosts makeup by Erica Harris

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