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Your Teendriving resolutions for spring
Don't use your cell phone or text while driving. Don't answer a call or a text message while driving.
Always practice safe driving and obey the driving laws of your state or locality.
Buckle up for safety and make sure all passengers use their safety belts as well.
Don't drink and drive--or use drugs and drive or ride in the car with anyone whose is drinking or on drugs.
Be a courteous driver on the road
Encourage safe driving at your school and in your community
Let your parents know where you're going and when you'll be back.
Set a good driving example for your teens by obeying the driving laws of your state or locality.
Don't use your cell phone or text while driving--set the example you want your teens to follow.
Spend 100 hours of in car training for teens learning to drive
Provide a safe car for teens to drive
Give your teen constructive critiques of their driving and keep your temper in check
Set realistic goals, expectations, and consequences for your new teen driver.
Teen Driving in the News:
12.27.12 Atlas Moving Company has done a informative infographic on distracted driving as driving laws. Check it here. Did you know that you are 23 times more likely to be in a CRASH if you are texting while driving?
10.14.12 - 10.20.12 is national Teen Driver Safety Week. Check out the video and programs at the NHTSA
08.02.12 We have arranged a 10% discount for Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Nevada state approved driver training. Check out the deal on our training page.
05.10.12 Save a $1 with graduation gift discount on Driver's Ice Pac. See note below and order via this link
03.23.12 New teen driving video from The USAA Educational Foundation--good tips on dealing with distractions and bad weather. You can also order copies for your schools and teen organizations.
11.01.11 The recently launched AT&T DriveMode app is now available for Android™ customers (previously launched for BlackBerry®). This free mobile app is designed to curb texting behind the wheel as part of AT&T’s “Txtng & Drivng…It Can Wait” campaign.
Attorney and author Richard P. Hastings has develped a very detailed contract for teen drivers and their parents. He's offered to share the contract free to teendriving.com visitors. Read more about it and download the contract.
- AT&T has a campaign called Texting can wait about the dangers of texting while driving. They have a new documentary called the Last Text which features stories from individuals,and parents, whose lives have been altered by teens texting while driving. Take a look--it could save your life. http://www.att.com/txtngcanwait You can take their pledge on on their facebook page:
AAA offers driving simulators in some states to help teens learn to be safe drivers. See press release
How do you hold the steering wheel?
Experts now recommend that you hold the steering wheel at either 3 and 9 o'clock (on the wheel) or even lower at 4 and 8 o'clock. Why: If you are in a crash and the air bags go off--you'll be safer with your hands not flying into your face from the impact of the air bags.
Other advantages include being able to turn without taking your hands off the wheel
Better able to control the car
Able to react faster to diving conditons and hazzards
Here's a great video from AAA that shows you how to do it.
Driver's I.C.E. Pack
We've reviewed the new Driver's In Case of Emergency Pack and recommend that all teens have this in their car. (Actually, it's great for any age drivers!) The Pack gives critical instructions on how to handle emergencies as well as contact information.
The perfect gift for your graduate!
Teendriving.com is offering Driver’s I.C.E. Pack at the special price of $9.00/ea (regular teendriving.com price, $10.99); or for an even greater savings, $180 for a case pack of 24 (regular teendriving.com price, $199)!
Stock up on your gifts before time runs out. Use this link to get the discount.
We've heard from several schools that the they've selected the Driver's I.C.E. Pack as the gift for their graduating seniors--what a great idea!
SCHOOLS – EQUIP YOUR JUNIORS, SENIORS, or GRADUATES WITH THE PERFECT GIFT
Check out special case pack pricing
We've recently had a chance to talk to the creator of the Driver's I.C.E Pack, Joyce Lopez. . Read Joyce's interview
Teaching your Teens to Drive--a free booklet from MetLife
Connect with Kids, a website and community for parents, has release some great free video segments for teen drivers and their parents.. Check out Girls and Car Crashes , Text Messaging and Driving--a Bad Combination and Teens and Road Rage .
AAA released a study that teens are just as likely to have accidents in the after school times 3:00pm - 5:00pm Monday through Friday as their are on weekend evenings. AAA suggests that parents monitor teen driving during these critical hours. We have a lot of tips on this site--including our teen-parent contract to help teens be safer drivers..
A Johns Hopkins Study has found that the states with the toughest graduated licensing requirements have a 20% reduction in teen fatalities for 16 year old drivers. And states that have graduated licensing have an average of 11% less fatalities for 16 year old teens. Recommendations include 30 hours of supervised driving, night time restrictions, and restrictions on passengers in the car. Read the press release.
According to a Virginia Tech and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration study, distracted drivers accounted for 80% of the crashes in their study and 18-20 year olds were 4 times more likely to be involved in accidents. Also, check our tips for avoiding distractions while driving.
Teendriving.com resolutions for 2013
See our other tips for driving in bad weather.
No Phone or Texting Zone while Driving
For 2013 give yourself a gift with a future: Resolve not to Text Message or use your cell phone while driving. Sign Oprah's No Phone Zone Pledge and AT&T's It Can Wait pledge Check out the Governments distracted driving website http://www.distraction.gov/
I’m not really a talk-on-the-phone kind of guy, but I do love to text message. But even I was pretty amazed at what I saw while riding to the Lakers game last month at Staples Center. I counted at least 3 separate cars with a driver texting in them. Traffic was bad on the 101 and we were moving pretty slow -- 10 to 15 mph. So what’s the harm in checking your e-mail or sending a quick message from your phone? I think the better question is, is it worth risking your life to read and reply to a message?
What is alarming is that in a recent online poll of 16-19-year olds, over 50% responded that they send text messages while driving. The numbers already show that talking on a handheld cell phone will increase your chances of getting into an accident by a factor of 3, and that’s with keeping your eyes mostly on the road! The danger in texting is that your eyes move back and forth from the road to your phone, typically located on a person’s lap or steering wheel. Those few precious seconds back and forth can be the difference between avoiding an accident or rear-ending the car in front of you and causing a chain reaction.
Currently 30 states, D.C. and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers and 8 states prohibit all divers from using handheld phones while driving. To see what the laws are in your state, check out the GHSA website. Also check out the distraction.gov site for details about each state's laws. Many other states are working on legislation for both hand held cell phones and texting while driving. Do yourself a favor and go ahead and cut out the texting while driving now. And wait until you can pull off the road to a safe place to use your phone--or call someone back. Sure, your friend may have to wait a few extra minutes to get a response back. But you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road, will be safer.
Connect with Kids has a good video on texting and driving. Check it out. http://www.connectwithkids.com/tipsheet/2006/293_aug9/thisweek/060809_text.shtml