Coaching your teen driver

Sep
16
2016

A Driver Education Teaching Exercise for Parents

By Andy Pilgrim

I have spent the last 6 years developing driver education teaching materials specifically targeted to parents. The main reason? The moment parents turn their child’s safety seat around to face front, they become a driver education teacher.

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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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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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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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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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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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