Blogs

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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