Blogs

Aug
23
2012

A Teen’s Perspective – Nighttime Driving

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

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Aug
21
2012

Tim’s story

By DriveitHOME

At 16 years old, Diane Grabowski did not think her son, Tim Schiefelbein, was ready to drive or accept all the responsibilities that come with the privilege. Best to have her son wait another year, Diane thought. She would rather try to protect him.

After spending a year watching his friends drive, Tim got his license.

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Aug
16
2012

Ni-hao, Beijing

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

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Aug
14
2012

A Teen’s Perspective – Buckling Up

By DriveitHOME

“Click it or Ticket” is a commonly used campaign that reminds the public to wear their seat belts. Growing up, I was never aware of the consequences of not wearing a seat belt until I viewed the IL State Police’s rollover and convincer simulators. These simulators showed me what happens to your body when you don’t buckle up. I began to share my concern for my peers and made it known that seat belt use is an expectation in my car. Today, I will not start my car until everyone is buckled up.

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Aug
9
2012

Helping your teen drive at night

By DriveitHOME

Driving at nighttime is a dangerous practice for newly-licensed teens. Visibility is poor and there is a higher likelihood of impaired or fatigued drivers. Also, late outings often are recreational and teens who usually follow the rules may become easily distracted or take risks.

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Aug
7
2012

In our own words

By DriveitHOME

Submitted by: Alex S. – Caleb’s sister

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Aug
2
2012

Owen’s story

By DriveitHOME

Owen Brezitski carried a crisp dollar bill in his hand and walked with his family across the marked crosswalk outside Bishop McDevitt High School after his sisters’ band concert on St. Patricks Day 2011.

The 8 year old had received the dollar from his grandfather because Owen had been so well-behaved during the concert. He told his family as they crossed the street that he wanted to go to McDonald’s. It was St. Patrick’s Day, after all, and he wanted a Shamrock Shake.

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Jul
26
2012

Getting your teen the experience he or she needs while learning

By DriveitHOME

Many parents believe teens crash because of their behavior behind the wheel. In actuality, inexperience is the leading cause of teen crashes. A teen driver’s crash risk is highest during the first six months and 1,000 miles of driving independently. You can help combat these risks by following the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing laws and continuing to ride with your teen even after the required supervision period ends.

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Jul
20
2012

Kelsey’s story

By DriveitHOME

Kelsey Raffaele wore bracelets around her right wrist in memory of Brett and Chucky.

The 17 year old from Sault Ste. Marie, MI, missed her friends – Brett succumbed to cancer and Chucky drowned in a river. Kelsey worked on a two-page memorial spread for the Sault Area High School yearbook to honor Brett, and she told her family she hoped to be with both of them someday.

The yearbook came out in the spring of 2010. It tragically included a memorial page for Kelsey just behind the one she had so carefully designed for her friend.

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Jul
19
2012

Teen to parents: We’re watching you

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

Learning how to drive is one of many responsibilities for teens. My parents played a vital role in my learning to drive and did whatever possible to ensure I became a safe driver. The first time my dad took me driving I felt I had all the freedom in the world.  I was not worried about any of the crash statistics or dangers of distracted driving. However, my dad was a driver’s education teacher at the time, so he made sure to make me the best possible driver I could be.

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