Parent Involvement

May
18
2018

Get Your Teen Ready for Safe Summer Driving

By DriveitHOME

Summer is nearly here and while you might be looking forward to relaxing over the coming months, it is definitely not the time to relax the driving rules for your teen.

With school finished and plenty of free time to spend with friends, your teen may be planning to get in lots of driving experience on summer roads. But summer roads pose many risks to road users, especially inexperienced teen drivers.

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May
11
2018

Motivating Teens to be Safer Drivers

By Dr. Corinne Peek-Asa

Motor vehicle crashes are more likely to occur during the first six months of driving and are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.

However, our knowledge of how the teenage brain works is helping us find ways to motivate teens to be safer drivers.

The challenge has been how to influence teen driving in a developmentally appropriate way. Teenage brains have a very active emotional center, while the intellectual area of the brain is also developing at a very fast pace, enabling them to be increasingly sophisticated in deduction, logic and reasoning.

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May
4
2018

Be a Better Driving Coach this Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

By DriveitHOME

May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month and an excellent time for parents of teen drivers to ask themselves, “How can I be a better driving coach to my teen?”

We know that parents are the number one influence on teen driving habits, and with car crashes still the leading cause of death for teens, this means parents have a huge opportunity to keep them safe. The key is being a good driving coach to your teen. Here are three steps you can take this month to improve your coaching.

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Apr
27
2018

A New Tool for Teaching Your Teen How to Drive Safe

By Andy Pilgrim

About two years ago, I released a video called Realities of Driving Today. The video was a tool to teach some of the unfortunate realities students and newly-licensed drivers in the U.S. run into (pun intended).

Essentially, the video explains how unprepared many new drivers are. Many of them don’t get enough structured driving education, yet pass their driving test and receive a license. The video also covers how traffic fatality and injury rates have increased recently, and it provides critical information to help the students combat these tragic realities.

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Apr
20
2018

Keep Your Teen Driver Safe with the New Driver Deal

By DriveitHOME

Watching your teen get behind the wheel is stressful even for the most experienced parents.

You want to trust your teen to make the right choices, but you also worry about him or her staying safe. Fortunately, we’ve got just the tool to help.

Here at DriveitHOME, we offer the New Driver Deal, a free, downloadable driving contract for you and your teen to fill out together. Filling this contract out before your teen starts driving gives you the opportunity to talk through restrictions, privileges, rules and consequences you both agree to.

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Apr
17
2018

9 Distractions Your Teen Driver Should Know About

By DriveitHOME

Distractions are everywhere, and for inexperienced teen drivers that can mean serious danger is everywhere, too.

Fortunately, you can help your teen stay safe behind the wheel by helping him or her identify different distractions and talk through ways to avoid them. Some distractions are well-known, while others are less obvious, but all put road users at risk.

Here are distractions both you and your teen should know about:

Obvious Distractions

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Apr
6
2018

Stay Safe this Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Just Drive

By DriveitHOME

Distracted driving is an epidemic that kills thousands of people each year.

Everywhere we go, we see drivers focused on their phones, their makeup, their snacks – anything but the road in front of them. As your teen driver gains experience behind the wheel, he or she will encounter these drivers more and more, while also dealing with his or her own distractions. Fortunately, you can help protect your teen from these risks.

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Mar
30
2018

The Hazards of Not Using Turn Signals

By Andy Pilgrim

“Common sense is not so common”. The French writer and historian Voltaire is credited with the origins of this phrase and though I’m fairly certain he was not talking about 18th century traffic safety, it applies perfectly to many of the problems we all see on U.S. roads these days.

This month I’d like to talk about one of the most dangerous driving behaviors I see every day; drivers not using their turn signals.

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Mar
23
2018

Teens and Trucks Vol. 3: How to Approach Large Trucks at Intersections

By Scott Felthousen

In my previous blog posts, I have focused on how you can help teach your teen to drive safely around a semi-truck on a multi-lane highway. In this blog, I would like to focus on how to handle situations while meeting trucks at intersections.

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Mar
16
2018

It’s Spring Break Season: Do You Know Where Your Teen Driver Is?

By DriveitHOME

Many teens look forward to spring break, whether you have plans for a family trip or are staying local.

With a full week off from school, these new drivers may hope to spend some of this time behind the wheel and parents should be prepared. Your teen might have a license, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help keep your teen safe.

If you are travelling with your teen – or working all week while he or she stays home from school – here are some tips and ground rules to reinforce during spring break:

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