Blogs

Jul
18
2012

Cell phone use and driving – a deadly combination

By DriveitHOME

We know teens crash at three times the rate of more experienced drivers and that more than 5,000 people die each year in crashes involving teen drivers. Those numbers are horrifying enough without adding this one: drivers using cell phones are four times as likely to crash.

Drivers of all ages use cell phones while driving, but teens in particular are frequent offenders. The Pew Research Center found more than half of drivers ages 16 to 17 report talking on a cell phone while driving.

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Jul
12
2012

When friends can be fatal

By DriveitHOME

Distractions are one of the largest factors in teen driver crashes, which makes carrying teen passengers a seriously dangerous practice for newly-licensed teens. Teen passengers may be loud and rowdy, or encourage the driver to engage in risky behaviors such as speeding, not using a seat belt or using electronic devices. Additionally, teen passengers significantly increase a teen’s already high crash risk. One teen passenger can increase your teen driver’s crash risk by as much as 48 percent, and three passengers can increase it by as much as 307 percent.

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Jul
10
2012

Getting teens to buckle up

By DriveitHOME

Getting teens to use seat belts can be a challenge. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that of fatal crashes involving people ages 16 to 20 in 2010, 60 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt. With teens crashing at three times the rate of more experienced drivers, getting them to demonstrate safe practices behind the wheel is critical.

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Jul
5
2012

My Perspective by Laura Saldivar

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

With nearly 5,000 U.S. teenagers dying every year in car crashes, I am thankful for all of the new legislation that is out there preventing the No. 1 killer of young people.  Most youth believe they can multi task and think a crash can never happen to them. In reality, it can happen to anyone. A simple look at a text message while driving is like driving blind folded. These new laws will help end the epidemic of teen car crashes.

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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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