Parent Involvement

Jan
14
2014

Teaching your teen to drive: Driving safely around semi-trucks

By DriveitHOME

Regardless of the amount of years you’ve been a licensed driver, driving alongside a semi-truck on the freeway is an uncomfortable experience. Sharing the road with big trucks is common, and if the proper precautions aren’t taken, drivers can lose their lives.

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Jan
3
2014

Resolve to drive cell phone free

By DriveitHOME

Have you made a New Year’s resolution?

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Dec
31
2013

Video: Distracted driving – teen drivers, water bottles and the radio

By DriveitHOME

We all know talking on a cell phone and texting while driving – using a handheld or hands-free device – are dangerous. But distracted driving includes other things too, such as reaching for drinks, eating or tuning the radio.

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Dec
26
2013

What I didn’t know about teen driving

By DriveitHOME

I do not have an extensive background in the transportation industry, specifically teen driving.  And when I say extensive, I mean, more than 3 months. I started at the National Safety Council, in the transportation industry and more importantly, on this social issue of teen driving, in September with a whole lot to learn.

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Dec
20
2013

Teen driving and the holidays

By DriveitHOME

The days and weeks surrounding the holidays are busy, especially on our roadways. All that traffic leads to an increase in crashes. Sadly, the National Safety Council estimates there will be 261 deaths in traffic crashes during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.

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Dec
19
2013

Setting driving rules for my teen

By DriveitHOME

Research shows that if parents make and enforce family driving rules that are stricter than state laws, their teens will generally be safer behind the wheel.  At DriveitHOME.org, we encourage parents to use a document – called a parent/teen agreement – to help develop and customize those rules for each family.

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Dec
10
2013

What you need to know about teen drinking and driving

By DriveitHOME

Every year, drivers who have been drinking alcohol are in about one-third of all of our country’s deadly car crashes.

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Nov
5
2013

Forget the speed limit. Consider the conditions.

By DriveitHOME

Sometimes teens drive recklessly over the speed limit. Some do it for kicks – clearly an invitation for disaster.

But sometimes teens drive too fast even when they are driving slower than the speed limit. It’s not always about the speed limit. Driving at a safe speed also is about the conditions. Because they are inexperienced, teen drivers often do not understand this.

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Oct
31
2013

Guest post: Two mothers’ dilemmas with safe teen driving

By DriveitHOME

Since I started blogging about safe teen driving four years ago, I have gotten calls on occasion from parents, asking for advice about how to handle their teen drivers. Most recently, I received two calls from mothers who were calling out of fear and panic. Below, as excellent illustrations of the dilemmas of parents, I have recounted their pleas and my responses:                                                                          

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Oct
29
2013

Practice – 50 hours of it – makes (near) perfect

By DriveitHOME

Our teens think they know everything about driving as soon as they get their licenses. But all it takes is one ride with them to realize teens are not prepared to handle certain driving situations.

The safest way for teens to gain experience is for you – their parents – to ride with them frequently to make sure teens are doing things correctly. Think about it this way: if you don’t spend at least 50 hours driving with your teen, your teen probably is not a safe driver.

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