Blogs

Jan
12
2018

What Teens Need to Know About Vehicle Recalls and VINs

By DriveitHOME

More than 50 million vehicles on the road today have open recalls, and for inexperienced teen drivers these can be a major safety risk.

Whether the recall is for an airbag, a seatbelt or even the windshield wipers, driving a recalled vehicle can increase your chance of a crash or your risk of injury in a crash. The good news is that recalls can be repaired or replaced for free at a dealer, but many drivers may not even know when their car is under recall. Before your teen gets behind the wheel, teach him or her how to find this out.

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Jan
4
2018
How to prep a car for cold winter driving

Teach Your Teen How to Prep a Car for Cold Winter Driving

By DriveitHOME

In many parts of the country, inexperienced teen drivers are getting their first taste of waking up and driving on a cold winter morning. We have already touched on driver dangers during the winter, such as following too close or using your phone, but don’t forget to talk to your teen about keeping the vehicle safe, as well.

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Dec
21
2017

The Risks of Impaired Driving

By DriveitHOME

With the end-of-the-year holidays in sight, teen drivers must prepare for an all-too-common risk on the road: driver impairment.

Alcohol and teens are a dangerous mix. According to NHTSA, about 25 percent of teen car crashes involve an underage drinking driver, and Christmas and New Years are popular drinking holidays. All 50 states have zero tolerance underage drinking laws for a reason: inexperience already puts teens at high risk for a fatal crash and alcohol makes the odds much worse.

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Dec
15
2017

Teens and Trucks

By Scott Felthousen

It is estimated there are more than 15 million trucks on the roads in the United States, making up about 6 percent of the total vehicles in the U.S. Still, according to Injury Facts 2017, they were involved in more than 4,000 fatalities in 2015 alone. New teen drivers will interact with these forty-ton vehicles as they learn to drive – which can be extremely intimidating – but makes it important for parents to know how to teach their teens the right way to handle semi-truck situations.

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Dec
8
2017

Get Your Teen Ready for Safe Winter Driving

By DriveitHOME

If you haven’t yet helped your teen prepare for winter driving, don’t wait any longer.

Being prepared for winter road conditions is crucial to staying safe. Talk to your teen about the importance of gathering supplies, inspecting the vehicle and knowing what to expect long before the first big snowfall arrives.

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Dec
1
2017

Winter is Coming!

By Andy Pilgrim

Traffic fatalities and injuries in the U.S. are increasing faster than we have seen in decades. Winter always brings its own unique set of traffic problems, so this month I want to highlight a few points and techniques that have helped me be a safe winter driver over the years.

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Nov
21
2017

How to Help Your Teen Driver Stay Safe this Thanksgiving Weekend

By DriveitHOME

This Thanksgiving weekend, drivers of every age will hit the road to head back home and spend time with their loved ones. Before your teen gets behind the wheel, help him or her prepare and stay safe.

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Nov
17
2017

Life After Surviving a Distracted Driving Crash

By Tyson Dever

As a survivor of a distracted driving car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down, it has become my mission to educate audiences on the harsh realities and consequences of distracted driving. Through sharing my story, I am able to connect with students on the dangers they face every time they get in the car. They hear the 911 calls from the day of my wreck, see the crumped up and charred remains of my car, and they see my harsh reality of life from a wheelchair as I roll across the stage.

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Nov
9
2017

Helping Your Teen Avoid Drowsy Driving

By DriveitHOME

To commemorate Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, running through this Sunday, we want to encourage parents to think about how drowsy driving affects their teens and commit to helping them stay safe.

In 2015, an estimated 5,000 people died in drowsy driving-related crashes and more than 40 percent of adult drivers admit they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives. At least half of drowsy driving crashes involve young drivers (under 25 years old), so your teen is just as affected by a lack of sleep as other, more experienced drivers.

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Nov
3
2017

Daylight Savings Time Effects on Driving

By Morgan Cihak

Summer has officially come to an end, as Daylight Savings Time occurs this Sunday, November 5. Not only is this a reminder to set your clocks back an hour (and get an extra hour of sleep!), but to understand that your teen driver will be spending more time driving in the dark.

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