Coaching your teen driver

Nov
9
2017

Helping Your Teen Avoid Drowsy Driving

By DriveitHOME

To commemorate Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, running through this Sunday, we want to encourage parents to think about how drowsy driving affects their teens and commit to helping them stay safe.

In 2015, an estimated 5,000 people died in drowsy driving-related crashes and more than 40 percent of adult drivers admit they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives. At least half of drowsy driving crashes involve young drivers (under 25 years old), so your teen is just as affected by a lack of sleep as other, more experienced drivers.

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Sep
29
2017

The 4 Types of Tailgaters and How to Avoid Them

By Andy Pilgrim

Tailgating crashes are becoming an epidemic in the U.S. When a driver tailgates, or follows another vehicle too closely, it prevents them from avoiding a crash when the vehicle in front of them brakes suddenly.

To help your teen understand this problem, let’s have a look at the psychology of tailgaters. Drivers choose to tailgate other vehicles for a myriad of reasons:

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Sep
15
2017

What Your Teen Needs to Know About Child Passenger Safety

By DriveitHOME

This Sunday marks the start of Child Passenger Safety Week, a time when we talk about car seat safety, kids in hot cars and other driving risks for young passengers.

As parents, we may take our knowledge of this subject for granted – how to install a car seat and when a child is old enough to sit in a seat without a booster or any other assistance, for example - but your teen needs to learn these lessons, too. The problem is that a teen’s first year with a license is his or her most dangerous year behind the wheel and you don’t want to extend that risk to child passengers.

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Sep
8
2017

Using Technology to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

By DriveitHOME

We often talk about the dangers of technology in the car, from cell phones to built-in infotainment systems, but when it comes to teen drivers, technology isn’t all bad.

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Aug
4
2017

Fatigue: The Hidden Driving Risk Affecting Your Teen

By DriveitHOME

Fatigued drivers are dangerous drivers, and your teen is more fatigued than you think.

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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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