Blogs

Feb
19
2016

Teaching “Driving Readiness” in Young Teens

By DriveitHOME

Missy Menzes, occupational therapist and founder of Extra Credit! LLC, is dedicated to helping school-aged kids and families dealing with “hidden disabilities” and learning differences.  As program director of “Driving Readiness for Teens (DRT)” and member of the Texas Teen Safe Driving Coalition (TTSDC), Missy adds a unique and valuable perspective to parents and guardians of potential drivers.

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Feb
17
2016

Sobering Stats: Motor Vehicle Deaths up in 2015

By DriveitHOME

Today, the National Safety Council released preliminary estimates indicating that motor vehicle deaths increased by 8 percent last year over the 2014 numbers. The numbers may not immediately register with you, but the most important take-away is that this is the largest year-over-year increase in 50 years.

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Feb
9
2016

Adventures in Teen Driving: We’re in the thick of it!

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. 

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Jan
29
2016

Tips for Teen Roadside Survival, Part 4

By Walt Brinker

Walt Brinker is the author of Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns. In his fourth post on DriveitHOME, Walt addresses the proper use of a jack and the best way to loosen tight lug nuts when changing a tire.

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Jan
19
2016

Fogging Up

By DriveitHOME

It’s that time of year again. Cold weather has descended on a large part of the country. Help your teen driver get prepared for whatever the elements might bring.

Here’s one that can flummox most adult drivers: window fogging.

It’s a common occurrence, but also a potentially dangerous one. Fog can block the driver’s view of the road and make a tricky driving situation—especially with snow, ice and slush on the road—even riskier.

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Jan
4
2016

Mirror, Mirror

By DriveitHOME

Proper mirror adjustment is probably one of the first things your teen learned to do when they first got into the driver’s seat. But for many drivers, adults included, mirror positioning can be taken for granted. How many times do you hop in the car and assume the mirrors are adjusted properly? In order to use mirrors effectively, they should be checked and adjusted every time your teen gets behind the wheel.

On your next practice drive, use these tips to help your teen properly adjust the mirrors before your hit the road.

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Dec
30
2015

Hello, 2016!

By DriveitHOME

Another year has come and gone, and 2015 has been a great one for DriveitHOME. We’ve been able to talk to folks all over the country—from auto dealers in San Francisco to driver education professionals in Boise, Idaho to safety professionals in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Nashville—to spread the word about teen driving safety. We were even lucky enough to participate in an international symposium on GDL. It’s been truly exciting.

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Dec
23
2015

Adventures in Teen Driving: Here’s to a Joyous Holiday and a Safe and Happy New Year!

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.

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Dec
22
2015
Nighttime Driving

The Longest Night of the Year

By DriveitHOME

Every year, during the winter months, we expect longer nights that arrive earlier. Yesterday at 11: 48 PM ET, the winter solstice arrived. That means today has least amount of daylight and the most darkness of any other day in 2015—the longest night of the year.Winter driving brings new challenges to teen drivers, not all of them weather related (and so far this year, most of the country is experiencing a very mild winter). Early nightfall is also part of winter driving.

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Dec
14
2015
Recommended Items

Tips for Teen Roadside Survival, Part 3

By Walt Brinker

Walt Brinker is the author of Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns. In his third post on DriveitHOME, Walt talks in more detail about safety for drivers who break down, how they can avoid becoming stranded and what to do if they become stranded.

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