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Ralph Macchio: State Farm Tool Helps Parents Teach Teens to Drive


He's no longer the Karate Kid. In fact, he actually has at least one kid old enough to drive, believe it or not.  Actor Ralph Macchio is teaming up with State Farm to launch the insurance company's new online tool.  He spoke Wednesday morning with FOX 2's Ben Bailey.

"State Farm has this great program that informs parents on how to better teach their teenagers how to drive. It's at teendriving.statefarm.com. It's called Road Trips," he said.

"I'm doing it with my son, who is 16 right now, and there are videos of us on the site. It's a free online program to anyone whether you're with State Farm or not, and it helps you better prepare for your practice time together."

"Just because we know how to drive doesn't necessarily mean that we know how to teach someone how to drive, and we often, as parents, overlook some of the basics. The Road Trips program gives you those tutorials to set out and create a safer scenario because not many people know that the number one cause of deaths in teenagers is from car crashes. So, we're looking to bring that number down."

Teens nowadays have so many distractions from texting to having others kids in the car. It's really getting overwhelming.

"There's also the do as I say, not as I do element of parenting," Macchio explained.  "What this program does is it helps you both come from the same place. Teenagers always don't want to listen to what their parents have to say, and we as parents often are saying, 'What are you doing? Are you crazy? Don't do that!' You create this stressful scenario before you even get started, and the Road Trips program is a great thing in becoming that impartial coach and that sort of mediator so you both set out to achieve the task at hand."

So, does he remember the first car he actually drove?

"It was a burnt orange Mercury Montego," Macchio said.  "It was not quite as cool as the Mercury Cougar, but it was like the step down. It worked. It ran."

The former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant also talked about his recent "Funny or Die" video.

"That's my baby. I love that video. I wrote the concept for that," Macchio told us.  "There were a couple scandals going on. There was the Tiger Woods scenario and there was the Jesse James-Sandra Bullock thing going on and the remake of 'The Karate Kid' was about to come out. ... I said to myself, I'm not going to sit here and not poke fun at the media, and also I'm not going to watch this movie be released without me having sort of answer to it in my own way."

"This video blew up on the internet. Such a big hit, and it sort of takes a skewed look at what happens if an intervention is done on a guy who leads a well adjusted life, how un-sexy it is not to be a bad boy. So, it was fun."

You can view the video below, but just a note of caution.  It is not safe for work, so watch it when you get home.


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