A Teen's Perspective

Jul
15
2014

Why teens shouldn’t wait to get a license

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

A few weeks ago, my friend purchased her first car at the age of 20. Although this was a big milestone, it was a concern for many.

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Feb
27
2014

Why I wasn’t always a safe teen driver

By DriveitHOME

As a teenager, I know that driving is dangerous. I have heard countless stories and statistics from my parents, TV, my school, and even that lady at the DMV who gave me a lecture before handing me my license.

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Aug
6
2013

A teen’s perspective: Respect your parents

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

Learning to drive is a stepping stone into the adult world for most teens. The learning process can be stressful, but it can be much easier with the help of a parent. Most teens cringe thinking their parents could be right, much less thinking mom and dad have good advice. However, parents are simply looking out for their teens’ best interests.

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Jul
16
2013

A teen’s perspective: Why GDL is important

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

I have been out of the Graduated Driver Licensing program for over a year and going through it really opened my eyes. I am thankful to live in a state that cares about teen drivers and offers a step-by-step learning process. GDL taught me valuable life skills, influenced many choices and is saving lives on the U.S. roadways.

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May
30
2013

Video: Teens talk about their parents’ driving behaviors

By DriveitHOME

In this video from driveithome.org, teens reveal their parents’ dirty little driving habits. Teens really do learn from watching their parents, so adults must understand the role they play in developing safe teen drivers.

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Dec
7
2012

A Teen’s Perspective: How to start a youth initiative

By DriveitHOME

Teens must understand the role they play in keeping themselves safe and their peers safe behind the wheel. Becoming involved in a teen-led safety group at school is one of the best ways to learn about the issue and spread the word through creative and innovative activities. One of the most rewarding things about high school was my involvement with the school’s SADD Chapter because we did so much to help our peers understand why they needed to make good decisions, on and off the roads.

Schools without teen-led groups can start them. It’s easy!

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Aug
28
2012

A teen’s perspective: One crash changes everything

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

August 10, 2012 was the day my driving behaviors changed forever. On my way home from work my car’s engine light turned on. I proceeded to turn into the nearest gas station. As I was pulling up to the gas pump, I saw a car backing up fast. Worried that the car would hit me, I slammed on my car’s horn. The other driver, who clearly wasn’t paying attention, ended up hitting the driver’s side of my vehicle.

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Aug
23
2012

A Teen’s Perspective – Nighttime Driving

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

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Aug
16
2012

Ni-hao, Beijing

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

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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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