Blogs

Aug
17
2017

Traffic Safety Readiness Level DEFCON 1

By Andy Pilgrim

The defense (DEF) readiness condition (CON) is an alert state used by the United States Armed Forces. DEFCON 5 is the condition denoting normal readiness, going up to DEFCON 1 which signifies maximum readiness.

Similarly, driver training in Europe emphasizes always having a high state of readiness. I passed my driving test in the UK for both motorcycles and cars and have ridden mopeds and motorcycles since I was 16 years old (the UK tests are among the toughest in the world). Expecting the unexpected is my driving life mantra.

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Aug
11
2017

Four Things Your Teen Driver Should Know Before Driving Alone

By DriveitHOME

Once your teen gets their license, they can finally drive on their own. But cautious parents will wonder: how can I help keep my teen safe when I’m not in the vehicle?

You may not be in the car with them to offer assistance and advice, but you can still set limits and encourage safe driving behavior. Here are four things your teen driver should keep in mind before they get behind the wheel without you.

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Aug
4
2017

Fatigue: The Hidden Driving Risk Affecting Your Teen

By DriveitHOME

Fatigued drivers are dangerous drivers, and your teen is more fatigued than you think.

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Jul
28
2017

Teen Driver Lessons: How to Safely Jumpstart a Car

By DriveitHOME

As drivers, we’ve all found ourselves stuck somewhere with a dead car battery and no clue how to fix it. Jumpstarting a car is especially intimidating for teen drivers with little experience, but teaching them how to do it safely can give them all the confidence they’ll need.

Here is how you can teach your teen to safely jumpstart a car.

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Jul
21
2017

The Danger of Using Smartphones at Red Lights

By Andy Pilgrim

“I don’t text and drive, I only mess with my phone at red lights”. If I had a dollar for every time I heard adult drivers tell me this, I would have a lot of dollars.

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Jul
14
2017

Checklist: How to Prepare Your Teen for a Summer Road Trip

By DriveitHOME
Summer road trips are a great way for your teen to get experience driving in different types of traffic, weather and terrain, all while you're there to steer them in the right direction. But before you set out, set a good example by walking your teen through this checklist to make sure they, and the car, are ready for the road. 
 
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Jun
26
2017

Road Rage!

By Andy Pilgrim

We often hear about road rage through media reports. One incident I read about involved a young child, shot to death while sitting next to her father. A person in another vehicle was apparently upset with her father’s driving. There had been no crash and nobody was hurt, but the shooter felt the need to fire his gun at the other vehicle, killing the young girl. Of course, the perpetrator fled the scene, but thankfully, they were later caught by police. 

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Jun
2
2017

We’re ready for summer—is your teen’s car?

By DriveitHOME

The title is sort of a trick question—for many of you, the car your teen is driving is also probably the car you drive, so this post can be just as helpful for you.

When the first hint of snowfall arrives, you’ll always see news stories and blogs—including this one—talk about prepping your car for winter weather. But what about the summer? Because we associate summer with good times, sunshine and generally pleasant weather, we aren’t really focused on emergencies.

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May
26
2017

Memorial Day Means More Summer Driving—Stay Involved

By DriveitHOME

Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, but most of us have come to think of Memorial Day weekend as the kick-off to BBQ cookouts, picnics, trips to the pool, superhero blockbusters at the movies, and general fun in the sun. It also means that your teen is either out of school or soon will be.

With more free time and longer days, your teen is probably planning on being behind the wheel more often. That’s a good thing—experience is what we’re looking for.

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May
19
2017

Parents Need to Set a Safer Example

By Andy Pilgrim

I have been talking to parents for over two decades about the important role they have in their child’s driving education. I have spoken about traffic safety to hundreds of adult groups att over the U.S. ranging from parents at high schools, to church groups, to company sponsored employee meetings.

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