Blogs

Jul
3
2012

Johnny’s story

By DriveitHOME

On Christmas Eve, Monica Brown’s house is filled with laughter.

From somewhere she cannot identify, Monica summons a unique courage and gathers those she loves around her table to celebrate when celebration seems impossible.

That’s how her son and only child, Johnny Rice, Jr., would have wanted it.

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Jun
28
2012

The benefits of a parent-teen agreement

By DriveitHOME

A Parent/Teen Agreement is a written document that defines restrictions, privileges, rules and consequences. It’s a great tool for parents and teens to clearly understand what the expectations are and how they will be enforced, and it sets consequences for noncompliance. Parents can use the agreement to set parameters during the first six to 12 months of full licensure – when teen crashes are at their highest.

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Jun
21
2012

Lacey’s legacy

By DriveitHOME

Lacey Gallagher’s journal was meticulous.

The 18 year old from Philadelphia, Penn., chronicled her senior year at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls and left few thoughts off the pages. She outlined her goals and talked about her dreams.

Someday her mother, Denise, will sit down and read the journal in its entirety.

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Jun
19
2012

10 ways to keep your teen safe

By DriveitHOME

Teaching teens to drive can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing the components of Graduated Driver Licensing and applying those principles can help keep teens safe behind the wheel. Parents and teens need to work together to set clear expectations and consequences if rules are broken.

It’s important to remember that these actions will help your teen learn to drive in a safe environment, so enforcing them needs to be a priority.

For Teens

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Jun
14
2012

Why should legislators strengthen the GDL laws in their states?

By DriveitHOME

NSC Group Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, John Ulczycki, answers why legislators should strengthen the Graduated Driver Licensing laws in their states. GDL is proven to reduce teen driving fatalities by up to 40% in states with strong GDL laws.

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Jun
12
2012

Joe’s story

By DriveitHOME

After 15 months, Joe Polakiewicz is starting to remember fragmented moments of Oct. 16, 2010.

It was a beautiful day, and the then-16-year-old was raking leaves in the yard at his home in Greenback, Tenn., with his mother, Nancy. Just before 5 p.m., Joe left to go to a friend’s house.

Joe never made it to his friend’s house, and he doesn’t remember what happened once he started heading down Big Springs Road.

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Jun
7
2012

Why is parent education around driver education so important?

By DriveitHOME

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of teens in the U.S. In this video, NSC Group Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, John Ulczycki, answers why parent education around driver education is so important.

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Jun
5
2012

What is GDL and why does it work?

By DriveitHOME

Parents of teen drivers are likely to hear the term GDL, which stands for Graduated Driver License. It’s a method that has proved successful in reducing teen crashes because it gives teens much needed driving experience in a low-risk environment.

3 Phases of GDL

GDL is a licensing system that is made up of three stages of licensure.

Phase 1 – Learner’s Permit: During this phase, teen drivers gain experience through supervised driving practice. This phase typically begins around age 15 ½ or 16.

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May
1
2012

Coalitions engage communities to increase education

By DriveitHOME

The National Safety Council and The Allstate Foundation have created Teen Safe Driving Coalitions in ten states to increase awareness about the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing. The coalitions represent state and local government, law enforcement and public health agencies, traffic safety and injury prevention organizations, academia, businesses, teens, parents and crash victims.

One way the coalitions are making a difference is by engaging teens and others during May – National Youth Traffic Safety Month.

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