Blogs

Nov
14
2014

Report: Teen License Plate Decals Work

By DriveitHOME

In May 2010, New Jersey became the first state to require new teen drivers to affix a red decal to their license plates. The decals help police identify teens who are driving under state provisions that limit high-risk behaviors, including driving with young passengers and driving at night. The law is called Kyleigh’s Law, and it was born from tragedy.

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Nov
5
2014

Adventures in Teen Driving by Kathy Bernstein Harris: What’s My Coaching Style?

By DriveitHOME

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.

So…this teaching-my-son-to-drive thing promises to challenge me in new ways. I’m a mom who tends to “mother in the moment” and I toggle pretty freely through the parenting styles. Now I realize when it comes to teaching my kid to drive, I’ll probably fall into one category or the other. But what does that mean?

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Oct
29
2014

Infographic: Why teens don’t buckle up

By DriveitHOME

Unlike many adults, teens have grown up with mandatory seat belt laws, and most have always ridden in cars with a seat belt for every single passenger. National seat belt usage rates are nearly 90 percent. We know the best way to protect ourselves in a vehicle is to buckle up. It is still one of the single most important things we can do to keep ourselves safe.

Sadly, this is still lost on teens—they still don’t buckle up.

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Oct
22
2014

Adventures in Teen Driving by Kathy Bernstein Harris: My Kid Doesn’t Have a Chance

By DriveitHOME

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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Oct
16
2014

10 things parents should know about teen driving

By DriveitHOME

National Teen Driver Safety Week begins Oct. 19. To help parents understand the scope of teen driving issues, the National Safety Council compiled a list of the top 10 things many parents should know about teen driving:

1. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.

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Oct
8
2014

Video: Strong laws keep teen drivers safe

By DriveitHOME

It’s election season, and everyone is talking about making changes. How about changing teen driving laws? While  no state has laws that are strong enough to protect our youngest, most vulnerable drivers, Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws can help.

In this video, Congressman Randy Hultgren of Illinois explains why he advocated for stronger GDL, and how the laws have driven down crashes in his state.

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Oct
1
2014

Traveling safely to and from college

By DriveitHOME

Guest submission:

Throughout the fall, thousands of teens move out of the house to college. As always, it’s important to drive with caution. Make sure your teen heeds these tips for traveling safely to and from college, to lessen the chances of being involved in a crash this fall.

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Sep
24
2014

Congrats to the 2014 NSC Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award winners!

By DriveitHOME

The annual National Safety Council Teen Driver Safety Leadership Awards honor organizations and individuals whose efforts have been proven to save lives.

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Sep
17
2014

Personal Stories: Donovan Tessmer

By DriveitHOME

Donovan Tessmer was a 17-year-old standout student athlete. He had it all – college scholarship opportunities, a large group of friends and a strong family support system. In a split second, everything changed.

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Sep
10
2014

What’s happening to teens who skip driver education?

By DriveitHOME

Driver education is an important step in teens’ learning-to-drive process. Classes teach students basic skills they need to become better drivers – how to merge, how to safely turn left, how to gauge gaps in traffic and how to drive the speed that’s right for conditions. Unfortunately, fewer teens than ever are taking driver’s education classes. A new study shows the consequences can be deadly.

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