Blogs

Dec
29
2016

Merging – A Nationwide Driving Issue

By Andy Pilgrim

First of all, I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. If 2017 goes as fast as 2016 then it will be Thanksgiving in about what feels like a week.

I end up driving in at least half of the US States every year on my travels. This schedule, which has been going on for more 20 years, gives me the opportunity to observe US driving habits and behaviors on a pretty wide scale.

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Nov
16
2016

Mental Preparation for Driving

By Andy Pilgrim

It is very rare for me to use anything directly related to racing in my traffic safety education work. To most people, they are mutually exclusive and I don't need to create possible distractions from any safety message. But, there is one technique I learned from my racing that transferred perfectly, first to my driving on the street and from there, to the message in my educational videos.

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Oct
21
2016

We need a Grade 4 thru 8 Mobility Curriculum in US schools

By Andy Pilgrim

I spend a lot of time speaking to groups of parents about traffic safety. I’m frequently asked, why the parents? You probably know the answer by now. Based on over 20 years of research, any meaningful change to America's distracted driving culture will have to include new education ideas to help parents with children of ALL ages. 

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Sep
16
2016

A Driver Education Teaching Exercise for Parents

By Andy Pilgrim

I have spent the last 6 years developing driver education teaching materials specifically targeted to parents. The main reason? The moment parents turn their child’s safety seat around to face front, they become a driver education teacher.

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Aug
19
2016

The Realties of Driving Today, Part 2

By Andy Pilgrim

People ask me all the time how I think the U.S. can significantly cut driving deaths and injuries.  It’s a bit like asking how we can make our government in Washington D.C. more efficient and less costly: it’s complicated.

The sad truth is way too many people are killed on U.S. roads, whether it involves motor vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists. 2016 is looking to be the worst year for traffic fatalities and injuries in decades. 

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Aug
5
2016

Vehicle Monitoring Technology

By DriveitHOME

If you’ve been following DriveitHOME for even a short while, you probably know our main mantra: Stay Involved with Your Teen Driver. Among other things, that means riding as a passenger with your teen regularly—at least 30 minutes a week (or an hour, if you can swing it)—to check on their progress. But what about the rest of the time they’re on the road and you’re not there?

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Jul
29
2016

Commercial Roadside Assisters Are Not Always Prepared

By Walt Brinker

Guest blogger Walt Brinker, author of Roadside Survival, is back on the DIH blog with some short vignettes about his experiences with car breakdowns, which have previously been published in the Fayetteville Observer. Walt’s tips are great for drivers of all ages, but parents may find them especially useful to pass on to their teen drivers. This week, Walt talks about the importance of being prepared—even when you have help from a commercial roadside service.

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Jul
22
2016
Adventures in Teen Driving #26: Farewell

Adventures in Teen Driving: Farewell

By Kathy Bernstein Harris

I can’t believe how fast the time has flown. Declan has had his license for about a year now and thankfully, neither he nor the car are any worse for wear.

Well, that’s not entirely true…the car has the permanent stench of hockey gear – but everyone in my family is used to the smell!

Has my life become easier since Declan has been driving by himself? I would have to say yes, for the most part. I’m not running nearly as much as I once was. He can get himself to school, hockey and as of this summer, work.

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Jul
15
2016

Realities of Driving Today – A new video teaching tool for driver education teachers.

By Andy Pilgrim

My name is Andy Pilgrim. I have been a professional racecar driver for over thirty years now. I am also a business owner in the IT consulting arena.

I came to the U.S. from the UK as a computer programmer in the early 1980’s and was very proud to become a citizen in 1998. 

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May
6
2016

Adventures in Teen Driving: Happy Mother’s Day!

By Kathy Bernstein Harris

Kathy Bernstein Harris is the Senior Manager for Teen Driving Initiatives at the National Safety Council. Follow Kathy as she shares her experiences teaching her own son to drive, from the perspective of a teen driving expert and a mom.

I wanted to take a moment to wish all the Moms who read this blog a Happy Mother’s Day!

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