Blogs

Apr
6
2018

Stay Safe this Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Just Drive

By DriveitHOME

Distracted driving is an epidemic that kills thousands of people each year.

Everywhere we go, we see drivers focused on their phones, their makeup, their snacks – anything but the road in front of them. As your teen driver gains experience behind the wheel, he or she will encounter these drivers more and more, while also dealing with his or her own distractions. Fortunately, you can help protect your teen from these risks.

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Mar
30
2018

The Hazards of Not Using Turn Signals

By Andy Pilgrim

“Common sense is not so common”. The French writer and historian Voltaire is credited with the origins of this phrase and though I’m fairly certain he was not talking about 18th century traffic safety, it applies perfectly to many of the problems we all see on U.S. roads these days.

This month I’d like to talk about one of the most dangerous driving behaviors I see every day; drivers not using their turn signals.

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Mar
23
2018

Teens and Trucks Vol. 3: How to Approach Large Trucks at Intersections

By Scott Felthousen

In my previous blog posts, I have focused on how you can help teach your teen to drive safely around a semi-truck on a multi-lane highway. In this blog, I would like to focus on how to handle situations while meeting trucks at intersections.

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Mar
16
2018

It’s Spring Break Season: Do You Know Where Your Teen Driver Is?

By DriveitHOME

Many teens look forward to spring break, whether you have plans for a family trip or are staying local.

With a full week off from school, these new drivers may hope to spend some of this time behind the wheel and parents should be prepared. Your teen might have a license, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help keep your teen safe.

If you are travelling with your teen – or working all week while he or she stays home from school – here are some tips and ground rules to reinforce during spring break:

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Mar
8
2018

Why Your Teen Could Be at Risk from Daylight Saving Time

By DriveitHOME

With the start of Daylight Saving Time this weekend, parents must be on the lookout for a dangerous driving risk to their teens: fatigue.

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Mar
2
2018

New Data Shows Your Teen is Still at Risk Behind the Wheel

By DriveitHOME

According to National Safety Council estimates, more than 40,000 people died on our nation’s roads in 2017.

This marks the second consecutive year in which this many Americans were killed in car crashes. And though the estimates show a slight decrease compared to 2016 – one percent – this is still 6% higher than the number of deaths in 2015.

For parents, these numbers show that the roads are still dangerous and your teen driver is still at risk.

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Feb
23
2018

Crosswalk Dangers for Pedestrians

By Andy Pilgrim

I was recently in the same hotel for an entire week, which was quite unusual for me as I’m usually in and out of places in a couple of days. I took the opportunity to do some pedestrian traffic safety research by walking for several miles each afternoon, foraging for food once my work day was over.

I would walk a couple of miles in any direction from the hotel, to whichever restaurant I had chosen. In doing so, it was necessary to use four or five light-controlled pedestrian crosswalks along the way.

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Feb
15
2018

Survivor Stories: Life After Being Hit by an Impaired Driver

By Jacob Smith

Most teens who drive distracted have this perception that they are experts. That driving while texting, using social media, or while impaired – a form of cognitive distraction – is not dangerous and that they will never experience a crash resulting in death or even serious injuries.

On April 12, 2014, as I was coming back from a state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), leadership conference our school vehicle was hit head on by an impaired driver.

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Feb
9
2018

Don’t Forget About Driver Safety this Valentine’s Day

By DriveitHOME

Valentine’s Day celebrates the love between two people, often with roses, chocolate and love notes. This special day also usually involves couples driving to romantic dinner dates. Whether we’re headed to a romantic dinner with someone special or just traveling this Valentine’s Day, we can’t forget to keep each other safe while on the road!

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Feb
2
2018

How to Talk with Your Teen About Driver Safety

By DriveitHOME

Talking with your teen driver is crucial when teaching him or her how to drive safely, but that doesn’t mean starting the conversation is always easy.

You might worry that your teen will take your talks as harsh criticism, or that he or she will ignore the lessons altogether. But if you use the right approach, you can help your teen understand the importance of being a safe driver.

Here are some conversation starters to try out:

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