Blogs

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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Nov
24
2015
I'm Thankful

Adventures in Teen Driving: I’m Thankful!

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. 

It’s the time of the year to step back and reflect on all the awesome things that have been accomplished this year and thank everyone who’s contributed to them.

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Nov
20
2015

A Proud Moment for DriveitHOME

By Kathy Bernstein Harris

Left to right: Maureen Vogel, NSC media relations manager; Kelly Nantel, NSC vice president of communications and advocacy; Kathy Bernstein Harris, NSC senior manager of teen driving initiatives; Lorrie Lynn, NSC grants and evaluations director; and Tess Benham, NSC senior program manager of prescription drug abuse
 

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Nov
13
2015

U-Turns

By DriveitHOME

Being in the passenger seat when your teen makes his first U-Turn may be one of the bravest things you do in your role as coach. All kidding aside, it doesn’t have to be scary; you just need to communicate the proper technique and make sure your teen gets enough practice.
If your teen has never made a U-turn before or is in the very early stages of driving, check out our Digital Driving Coach lesson to learn how to set up a mini-training course in a parking lot and start slowly.

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