Seat Belt Use

Nov
26
2014

Teen Driving Safety & Thanksgiving

By DriveitHOME

The National Safety Council estimates 418 deaths and 44,700 medically consulted injuries may occur on our nation’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. Obviously a single death or injury on our roadways is unacceptable, and we know our youngest drivers get into more crashes than those who are older and more experienced.

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Oct
29
2014

Infographic: Why teens don’t buckle up

By DriveitHOME

Unlike many adults, teens have grown up with mandatory seat belt laws, and most have always ridden in cars with a seat belt for every single passenger. National seat belt usage rates are nearly 90 percent. We know the best way to protect ourselves in a vehicle is to buckle up. It is still one of the single most important things we can do to keep ourselves safe.

Sadly, this is still lost on teens—they still don’t buckle up.

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Oct
23
2013

Are you afraid of dark roads?

By DriveitHOME

In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week, we’re breaking down the top 10 things many parents don’t know about teen driving.

6. Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight

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Aug
30
2013

Buckle up, save a life this weekend

By DriveitHOME

The National Safety Council estimates 394 traffic fatalities and another 42,200 medically consulted injuries may occur during the Labor Day weekend due to car crashes. NSC also estimates 143 lives could be saved this Labor Day holiday by buckling up. An additional 99 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts.

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Jun
14
2013

They’re here: the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

By DriveitHOME

For many teens, the arrival of summer means the end of high school and the beginning of a new chapter of life. Teens use their spare time to socialize with friends, and safety often is one of the last things on their minds.

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Feb
21
2013

Katie’s story

By DriveitHOME

Katie was dedicated to teaching young girls the importance of inner beauty. The 16 year old Florida teen was the perfect mentor; she was beautiful inside and out. Friends and family were drawn to her magnetic personality and impressed with her ability to make everyone feel important and appreciated. When Katie became a charter member of the Ophelia Organization for Girls to help middle school-aged girls understand that beauty comes from within, no one was surprised.

The Ophelia Organization met on March 4 for an all-day workshop as planned. But their mentor wasn’t there.

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Oct
11
2012

Veronica’s story

By DriveitHOME

At her National Honor Society induction ceremony, Veronica Cottrell beautifully, albeit unwittingly, summarized her life.

To commemorate the accomplishment, the 17 year old from McHenry, IL, selected a derivative of a Leo Rolsten quote: “The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter, to be productive, to be useful and to have it make some difference that you had lived at all.”

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Aug
14
2012

A Teen’s Perspective – Buckling Up

By DriveitHOME

“Click it or Ticket” is a commonly used campaign that reminds the public to wear their seat belts. Growing up, I was never aware of the consequences of not wearing a seat belt until I viewed the IL State Police’s rollover and convincer simulators. These simulators showed me what happens to your body when you don’t buckle up. I began to share my concern for my peers and made it known that seat belt use is an expectation in my car. Today, I will not start my car until everyone is buckled up.

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Jul
10
2012

Getting teens to buckle up

By DriveitHOME

Getting teens to use seat belts can be a challenge. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that of fatal crashes involving people ages 16 to 20 in 2010, 60 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt. With teens crashing at three times the rate of more experienced drivers, getting them to demonstrate safe practices behind the wheel is critical.

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Jun
28
2012

The benefits of a parent-teen agreement

By DriveitHOME

A Parent/Teen Agreement is a written document that defines restrictions, privileges, rules and consequences. It’s a great tool for parents and teens to clearly understand what the expectations are and how they will be enforced, and it sets consequences for noncompliance. Parents can use the agreement to set parameters during the first six to 12 months of full licensure – when teen crashes are at their highest.

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