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May
26
2017

Memorial Day Means More Summer Driving—Stay Involved

By DriveitHOME

Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, but most of us have come to think of Memorial Day weekend as the kick-off to BBQ cookouts, picnics, trips to the pool, superhero blockbusters at the movies, and general fun in the sun. It also means that your teen is either out of school or soon will be.

With more free time and longer days, your teen is probably planning on being behind the wheel more often. That’s a good thing—experience is what we’re looking for.

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Aug
5
2016

Vehicle Monitoring Technology

By DriveitHOME

If you’ve been following DriveitHOME for even a short while, you probably know our main mantra: Stay Involved with Your Teen Driver. Among other things, that means riding as a passenger with your teen regularly—at least 30 minutes a week (or an hour, if you can swing it)—to check on their progress. But what about the rest of the time they’re on the road and you’re not there?

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Feb
19
2016

Teaching “Driving Readiness” in Young Teens

By DriveitHOME

Missy Menzes, occupational therapist and founder of Extra Credit! LLC, is dedicated to helping school-aged kids and families dealing with “hidden disabilities” and learning differences.  As program director of “Driving Readiness for Teens (DRT)” and member of the Texas Teen Safe Driving Coalition (TTSDC), Missy adds a unique and valuable perspective to parents and guardians of potential drivers.

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Feb
17
2016

Sobering Stats: Motor Vehicle Deaths up in 2015

By DriveitHOME

Today, the National Safety Council released preliminary estimates indicating that motor vehicle deaths increased by 8 percent last year over the 2014 numbers. The numbers may not immediately register with you, but the most important take-away is that this is the largest year-over-year increase in 50 years.

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Jan
19
2016

Fogging Up

By DriveitHOME

It’s that time of year again. Cold weather has descended on a large part of the country. Help your teen driver get prepared for whatever the elements might bring.

Here’s one that can flummox most adult drivers: window fogging.

It’s a common occurrence, but also a potentially dangerous one. Fog can block the driver’s view of the road and make a tricky driving situation—especially with snow, ice and slush on the road—even riskier.

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Jan
4
2016

Mirror, Mirror

By DriveitHOME

Proper mirror adjustment is probably one of the first things your teen learned to do when they first got into the driver’s seat. But for many drivers, adults included, mirror positioning can be taken for granted. How many times do you hop in the car and assume the mirrors are adjusted properly? In order to use mirrors effectively, they should be checked and adjusted every time your teen gets behind the wheel.

On your next practice drive, use these tips to help your teen properly adjust the mirrors before your hit the road.

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Dec
30
2015

Hello, 2016!

By DriveitHOME

Another year has come and gone, and 2015 has been a great one for DriveitHOME. We’ve been able to talk to folks all over the country—from auto dealers in San Francisco to driver education professionals in Boise, Idaho to safety professionals in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Nashville—to spread the word about teen driving safety. We were even lucky enough to participate in an international symposium on GDL. It’s been truly exciting.

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Dec
22
2015
Nighttime Driving

The Longest Night of the Year

By DriveitHOME

Every year, during the winter months, we expect longer nights that arrive earlier. Yesterday at 11: 48 PM ET, the winter solstice arrived. That means today has least amount of daylight and the most darkness of any other day in 2015—the longest night of the year.Winter driving brings new challenges to teen drivers, not all of them weather related (and so far this year, most of the country is experiencing a very mild winter). Early nightfall is also part of winter driving.

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Nov
13
2015

U-Turns

By DriveitHOME

Being in the passenger seat when your teen makes his first U-Turn may be one of the bravest things you do in your role as coach. All kidding aside, it doesn’t have to be scary; you just need to communicate the proper technique and make sure your teen gets enough practice.
If your teen has never made a U-turn before or is in the very early stages of driving, check out our Digital Driving Coach lesson to learn how to set up a mini-training course in a parking lot and start slowly.

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Nov
6
2015

10 Teen Driving Facts to Share with Other Parents

By DriveitHOME

Two weeks ago, we observed National Teen Driver Safety week with a few blogs to help you get a conversation started with your teen driver. We focused on night driving, passengers & impairment, being a good role model and the importance of practice.

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