Parent Involvement

Aug
29
2017

What Teen Drivers Need to Know About School Zones

By DriveitHOME

Nearly three-quarters of American students don’t feel safe crossing the intersections near their schools, with students in 22 states giving their school intersections only a “C” for safety, according to recent data from Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

This is because the majority of surveyed students claim the streets around their schools lack important safety features, including crossing guards and school zone markings. Without these safety features, drivers may not know to slow down and drive with caution and pedestrians may, rightfully, fear for their safety.

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Aug
17
2017

Traffic Safety Readiness Level DEFCON 1

By Andy Pilgrim

The defense (DEF) readiness condition (CON) is an alert state used by the United States Armed Forces. DEFCON 5 is the condition denoting normal readiness, going up to DEFCON 1 which signifies maximum readiness.

Similarly, driver training in Europe emphasizes always having a high state of readiness. I passed my driving test in the UK for both motorcycles and cars and have ridden mopeds and motorcycles since I was 16 years old (the UK tests are among the toughest in the world). Expecting the unexpected is my driving life mantra.

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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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Jul
28
2017

Teen Driver Lessons: How to Safely Jumpstart a Car

By DriveitHOME

As drivers, we’ve all found ourselves stuck somewhere with a dead car battery and no clue how to fix it. Jumpstarting a car is especially intimidating for teen drivers with little experience, but teaching them how to do it safely can give them all the confidence they’ll need.

Here is how you can teach your teen to safely jumpstart a car.

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Jul
21
2017

The Danger of Using Smartphones at Red Lights

By Andy Pilgrim

“I don’t text and drive, I only mess with my phone at red lights”. If I had a dollar for every time I heard adult drivers tell me this, I would have a lot of dollars.

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Jul
14
2017

Checklist: How to Prepare Your Teen for a Summer Road Trip

By DriveitHOME
Summer road trips are a great way for your teen to get experience driving in different types of traffic, weather and terrain, all while you're there to steer them in the right direction. But before you set out, set a good example by walking your teen through this checklist to make sure they, and the car, are ready for the road. 
 
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Oct
21
2016

We need a Grade 4 thru 8 Mobility Curriculum in US schools

By Andy Pilgrim

I spend a lot of time speaking to groups of parents about traffic safety. I’m frequently asked, why the parents? You probably know the answer by now. Based on over 20 years of research, any meaningful change to America's distracted driving culture will have to include new education ideas to help parents with children of ALL ages. 

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Aug
21
2015

Tips for Teen Roadside Survival

By Walt Brinker

Hello, my name is Walt Brinker. My hobby is assisting stranded motorists, which I have done free-of-charge over 2,000 times. Empowering drivers to prevent and contend with breakdowns has become my crusade. My book, Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns, is full of easy-to-read wisdom and advice for all drivers, new and experienced. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially with teen drivers.

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Aug
17
2015

Adventures in Teen Driving: Walk This Way

By Kathy Bernstein Harris

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the perils of being a pedestrian in city with plenty of heavy traffic, so Declan’s been getting some extra lessons about keeping an eye out for those on foot. This is one of those times he doesn’t really want to be the kid of a parent who spends every day immersed in traffic safety issues.

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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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