Blogs

Oct
19
2015

Adventures in Teen Driving: It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week—Make it Count!

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. 

Everyone knows this week is Teen Driver Safety Week, right?

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Oct
16
2015

Tips for Teen Roadside Survival, Part 2

By Walt Brinker

Hello again, DriveitHOME friends. As you might remember, my hobby is assisting stranded motorists, which I have done free-of-charge more than 2,000 times. I want to empower drivers to prevent and contend with breakdowns. My book, Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns, is full of easy-to-read advice for all drivers—parents, you’ll find tips to pass along to your teen and learn a thing or two yourself. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Oct
13
2015

Adventures in Teen Driving: MyCarDoesWhat?

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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Sep
15
2015

Adventures in Teen Driving: Happy Birthday (Again)

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.

The day has finally come. Dan and I agreed that Declan is ready to drive alone. At some point, he needs to make his own decisions behind the wheel. School has started and a new hockey season is upon us, and that means driving to specific destinations with regular check- ins. Dan and I decided that it was time for him to take the test.

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Aug
27
2015

Back It Up

By DriveitHOME

Having your teen put the car in reverse for the first time might cause your heart to skip a beat: Are they watching what they’re doing? Are they backing up too fast? Can they even see what’s behind them?

Whether it’s backing into a parking space, backing out of your driveway, or even the dreaded parallel parking, knowing how to properly put the car in reverse to make a backing maneuver is an important skill for your teen to learn.

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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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