Blogs

Aug
21
2015

Tips for Teen Roadside Survival

By Walt Brinker

Hello, my name is Walt Brinker. My hobby is assisting stranded motorists, which I have done free-of-charge over 2,000 times. Empowering drivers to prevent and contend with breakdowns has become my crusade. My book, Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns, is full of easy-to-read wisdom and advice for all drivers, new and experienced. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially with teen drivers.

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Aug
17
2015

Adventures in Teen Driving: Walk This Way

By Kathy Bernstein Harris

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the perils of being a pedestrian in city with plenty of heavy traffic, so Declan’s been getting some extra lessons about keeping an eye out for those on foot. This is one of those times he doesn’t really want to be the kid of a parent who spends every day immersed in traffic safety issues.

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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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Sep
24
2013

Parents, how are your teens driving?

By DriveitHOME

Every parent wants to believe his or her child always follows the rules and obeys the law. This includes the rules of the road. A new study from State Farm reveals that’s not the case.

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Sep
19
2013

Take the pledge and drive text free

By DriveitHOME

We all know text messaging is teens’ preferred method of communication, but texting is one of the most dangerous things drivers can do. Reading or sending text messages – or emails – while driving can increase crash risk by at least 8 percent. NSC actually estimates 100,000 crashes each year involve drivers who were texting. Teens already have high crash risk – three times that of more experienced drivers – so teen drivers really need to heed the statistics and put their cell phones away.

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