Blogs

Jun
15
2018

You Don't Have to Sacrifice Safety for Your Teen's First Car

By Morgan Cihak

When shopping for a car for your teen driver, many of us are tempted to find something that fits only two criteria: can we afford it and does it run?

But it is not always the best decision to buy a cheap “beater” or pass on an old hand-me-down to your teen. Newer cars often come equipped with newer technology, which can be crucial in keeping your teen safe on the road.

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Jun
8
2018

So Your Teen Has Been Pulled Over for a Traffic Stop…

By DriveitHOME

No driver looks forward to seeing police lights in their rearview mirror, but it is an experience your teen must be prepared for.

Parents who have been pulled over know the feelings: anxiety, frustration and plenty more. We all like to think of ourselves as good drivers, but when we are pulled over as part of a traffic stop we are suddenly faced with the idea that we did something wrong behind the wheel.

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Jun
1
2018

5 Simple Steps to Protect Your Teen this National Safety Month

By DriveitHOME

June is National Safety Month, the perfect time to think about the safety of your loved ones and take action to protect them.

Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, so keeping your teen safe behind the wheel will have a big impact on his or her overall safety. But taking action isn’t always easy. To help, we’ve gathered some simple tips you can use this month and all year long to keep your teen drivers safe. It only takes a few minutes to make a huge difference.

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May
24
2018

Survivor Stories: How One Bad Decision Can Change Your Life Forever

By Steve Sconzert

As a teenager, I had three priorities in life: partying, girls, and my car. Which came first depended on where I was that day. The best days included all three. You might think I was a troublemaker. One of those kids that had poor grades, and was always in trouble with the law. Not so. A National Honor Society member, I did not cut classes, and never saw the inside of a police station. Respectful to teachers and friendly to all, I dreamed of becoming a pilot.

That changed on March 21st, 1981.

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May
18
2018

Get Your Teen Ready for Safe Summer Driving

By DriveitHOME

Summer is nearly here and while you might be looking forward to relaxing over the coming months, it is definitely not the time to relax the driving rules for your teen.

With school finished and plenty of free time to spend with friends, your teen may be planning to get in lots of driving experience on summer roads. But summer roads pose many risks to road users, especially inexperienced teen drivers.

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May
11
2018

Motivating Teens to be Safer Drivers

By Dr. Corinne Peek-Asa

Motor vehicle crashes are more likely to occur during the first six months of driving and are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.

However, our knowledge of how the teenage brain works is helping us find ways to motivate teens to be safer drivers.

The challenge has been how to influence teen driving in a developmentally appropriate way. Teenage brains have a very active emotional center, while the intellectual area of the brain is also developing at a very fast pace, enabling them to be increasingly sophisticated in deduction, logic and reasoning.

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May
4
2018

Be a Better Driving Coach this Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

By DriveitHOME

May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month and an excellent time for parents of teen drivers to ask themselves, “How can I be a better driving coach to my teen?”

We know that parents are the number one influence on teen driving habits, and with car crashes still the leading cause of death for teens, this means parents have a huge opportunity to keep them safe. The key is being a good driving coach to your teen. Here are three steps you can take this month to improve your coaching.

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Apr
27
2018

A New Tool for Teaching Your Teen How to Drive Safe

By Andy Pilgrim

About two years ago, I released a video called Realities of Driving Today. The video was a tool to teach some of the unfortunate realities students and newly-licensed drivers in the U.S. run into (pun intended).

Essentially, the video explains how unprepared many new drivers are. Many of them don’t get enough structured driving education, yet pass their driving test and receive a license. The video also covers how traffic fatality and injury rates have increased recently, and it provides critical information to help the students combat these tragic realities.

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Apr
20
2018

Keep Your Teen Driver Safe with the New Driver Deal

By DriveitHOME

Watching your teen get behind the wheel is stressful even for the most experienced parents.

You want to trust your teen to make the right choices, but you also worry about him or her staying safe. Fortunately, we’ve got just the tool to help.

Here at DriveitHOME, we offer the New Driver Deal, a free, downloadable driving contract for you and your teen to fill out together. Filling this contract out before your teen starts driving gives you the opportunity to talk through restrictions, privileges, rules and consequences you both agree to.

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Apr
17
2018

9 Distractions Your Teen Driver Should Know About

By DriveitHOME

Distractions are everywhere, and for inexperienced teen drivers that can mean serious danger is everywhere, too.

Fortunately, you can help your teen stay safe behind the wheel by helping him or her identify different distractions and talk through ways to avoid them. Some distractions are well-known, while others are less obvious, but all put road users at risk.

Here are distractions both you and your teen should know about:

Obvious Distractions

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