Blogs

Aug
8
2015

The Brake and How to Use It

By DriveitHOME

Let’s hop into a time machine and go back to when you were a teen driver. Take a moment to remember how well you were able to stop and start your car. Do you remember how it lurched forward when you gave it a little too much gas when the light turned green? Do you remember that four-way stop sign coming up a little quicker than you thought it would? How applying the brake quickly made the seat belt (you were wearing one, right?) tighten across your chest as gravity pulled you forward for a few seconds before it tugged you back to your seat?

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Jul
31
2015

Adventures in Teen Driving: Happy Birthday, Declan!

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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Jul
15
2015

Adventures in Teen Driving: The Zipper, Work Zones, and Other Observations from the Passenger’s Seat

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.

Declan has started to improve as a driver and he’s definitely gained more experience. We still go out driving around the neighborhood in local traffic, but now that he has some miles under his belt, I figure it’s time to step it up a little. Recently, Declan and I have been working on the “zipper.”

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May
22
2015

27% of crashes involve cell phones—what parents can do

By DriveitHOME

A new National Safety Council estimate released this week reveals that cell phone-related crashes have increased for the third consecutive year. Crashes involving a driver using a phone—that means texting, or talking hand-held or hands-free—account for a whopping 27% of all motor vehicle crashes!

As we head into the Memorial Day holiday—which will see a record number of people travelling on the road according to AAA— it is important that we keep a couple of things in mind, particularly if we’re going to be driving this weekend with our teens as passengers or drivers.

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Mar
5
2015

Asleep at the Wheel

By DriveitHOME

A couple weeks ago, we talked about driving under the influence of emotions, a seldom-discussed form of impaired driving. This week, we’ll talk a little bit about another form of impairment that tends to fly under the radar: driving while drowsy.

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Feb
19
2015

Mixed Emotions

By DriveitHOME

Inexperience is the big issue we talk about here on DriveitHOME, and as you probably know by now, it can take many forms. Another issue on the minds of many parents with new teen drivers is impairment. Nothing is scarier than the thought of our teens behind the wheel, impaired by alcohol or drugs, or as a passenger in a car with someone who is.

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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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