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3 Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcycles Safely

Did you know that May is Motorcycle Awareness Month hosted by the National Safety Council? The purpose of this campaign is to remind drivers and motorcycle riders to do their part to keep each other safe on the roads! I thought it would be a great idea to share some tips to help you educate your teen on sharing the road safely with motorcycle riders. Each year thousands of people lose their lives due to collisions involving a motorcycle and four-wheeled vehicles, and these numbers continue to rise. Without proper education, many new drivers are unaware of how they should treat other types of motorists, which leads to collisions. These collisions are usually caused because: Motorcycles are smaller and are more

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4 Things Your Teen Should Know About Lights on a Vehicle

1. Day Time Running Lights Daytime running lights assist the driver with seeing and helping other vehicles on the roadway identify active vehicles during light hours. Day time running lights are present in most vehicles manufactured in the 1990s or later. Your teen must understand that daytime running lights are not meant to be used in situations where the driver requires more light to see the road. If that is the case, it is best to turn on the low beams, but we will discuss this further on. In most vehicles, the daytime running lights are engaged when the vehicle is put into gear. 2. Low Beams The purpose of low beams is to illuminate the road far enough ahead

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Pulled Over? What Should Your Teen Do?

I remember the first time I saw the blue and red lights in my rear-view mirror. My heart sunk, and I began to panic. Why? Because I did not know what to do in the situation that I was getting pulled over. Although we hope that our teens will always be driving safely and correctly, there are instances where they will also see the blue and red lights in their rear-view mirror. It is best that they are educated and know what to do to reduce anxiety and ensure that they are proceeding safely to reduce the risk of collision. Throughout this blog, I will discuss different situations that your teen needs to be prepared for. Getting Pulled Over When

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Driving Safely with Family Pets in the Vehicle

Many of us have family pets that love (or maybe don’t love) to go on car rides. We love our pets, and we would do anything to keep them safe, so we must know the basics on how to transport them safely and pass the tips on to any new drivers, such as your teen in the household. From trips to the vet, the dog park, vacation, and even just going for a car ride, we need to ensure that we are safely transporting our pets to ensure that we do not increase the risk of collision. When our pets are not safely secured in the vehicle, this puts your teen at a higher risk of collision as your pet

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3 Most Common Types of Collisions

As parents, we do not want to see our teens get into any type of vehicle collision, minor or major. Your teen needs to be able to identify risk before the consequence occurs and develop risk reduction strategies. One of these many strategies includes being aware of the types of collisions that can occur and learning how to avoid them or identify them before driving independently. While you are coaching your teen from the passenger seat, it is an excellent opportunity to point out the types of collisions that can occur from the risky behavior that your teen may be close to engaging in or that other drivers are performing. In the following blog, I will discuss the three most

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Starting 2021 with Safety in Mind

2020 was quite the whirlwind of a year. The COVID-19 pandemic brought many new changes into the world we live in, and much of the change was out of any of our control. I asked myself, how can we get a good start to the new year? Let’s start 2021 with safety in mind! We can ensure that our teens are driving safely by providing them with risk reduction strategies, showing them proper technique, and getting lots of practice (which has become one of the few activities we can safely do together as a family)! We tend to worry about our teens in so many aspects; let’s not make driving one of them! When you know that your teen can

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Teen for a Safe Holiday Season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, it is essential to make sure that your teen is aware of the risks associated with impaired driving, driving during the dark hours, driving with other passengers, and taking road trips. This year will most likely be an exception in most areas because of the pandemic as to the activities teens will engage in but will make it even more important to communicate well with your teen.  Many of these activities will become even more dangerous than other years and extra caution all around will be needed. Impaired Driving During the Holiday Season Unfortunately, the holiday season tends to bring a rise in impaired driving. It is important that your teen first knows how

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4 Safety Tips for Winter Driving

The air is crisp and cold, and white snowflakes begin to fall from the sky… winter has arrived. As a teen driver’s parent or guardian, it is nerve-wracking each winter your teen is behind the wheel, especially the first one. The chance of your teen getting into a collision skyrockets, especially if they are not equipped with the proper preparation, tools, education, and skills. You are your teen’s best defense to safely ensure they are prepared to take on winter driving conditions. Throughout this blog, I will help you develop a great plan to ensure your teen’s safety when they begin to drive independently during the snowy season. Vehicle Preparation Before driving, the vehicle your teen will be operating must

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3 Steps to Keeping Your Driving Teen Safer

Sunday, October 18, 2020, kicked off this year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week hosted by Parachute. The aim of this year’s campaign focuses on speeding, impaired driving, and the dangers of railway tracks for your driving teen. You might be asking yourself, “so what can I do as a parent or guardian to help alleviate these risks from my teen driver”? First, bringing awareness to the topics is essential, next your teen needs to have the skills and education to make the correct decision while in the driver’s seat, and last, your teen requires a good example to follow. Driving Teen Statistics First, let’s take a look at some of the statistics to better understand the severity of the issues

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3 Tips to Ensure Your Teen is Not Distracted Driving

The month of October is the Distracted Driving Awareness month hosted by the National Safety Council. Typically, the awareness month is held in April, but due to COVID-19, it was postponed. This month is important but especially essential for you too, a parent of a newly driving teen. These numbers are dangerous, and we, as parents, need to ensure that we are educating our teens about the dangers and giving them the proper tools to avoid distracted driving. 38 percent of students who drove reported texting while driving on at least one day; 22 percent sometimes texted, and 16 percent frequently texted American Academy of Family Physicians Before you start educating your teen on distracted driving, let’s make sure we

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