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School Bus Safety

As the weather improves and the sun stays out longer, we find ourselves heading to more outdoor activities. This might mean that you take your pets with you more often. Maybe you drive them to the park or let them go with you while you run errands. Having your pets with you can be fun and, at times, necessary, but having pets in the car while you drive increases the risk of a crash. A recent study showed that both the overall and at-fault crash rates for drivers 70 years of age and older were higher for those who often let pets ride with them. Researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham completed this study. The results point out a part of distracted driving that we typically forget. While we usually recognize texting, passengers and cell phone conversations as big driver distractions, we don’t often discuss the dangers of pets in the car. Having your furry friend in the car, whether restrained or unrestrained, is a major distraction. Potential risks of ... read more

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Stay Calm and Prevent Road Rage

Road rage affects all drivers at some point. You may feel the rage on your morning commute, while your teen may sense it after school. Many factors trigger road rage, so there are several ways to calm yourself down when you feel the anger rising. Here are some simple steps to reducing road rage. Once you understand the ideas, ask your teenager if he or she ever gets angry when driving. Let them know that it is a common problem- you experience it, too. Plan your route before any trip to avoid traffic spots and rush hour. Your trip might not be direct, but avoiding the traffic hot spots will help you stay calm. Follow the traffic on an app on your phone or a local news site before you hop in the car. If you notice an aggressive driver who is trying to start something, do not make eye contact with him or her. Keep your distance and focus on your own driving. When another driver makes you angry, take several slow deep breaths. F ... read more

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Common Mistakes Good Drivers Make

Most drivers don’t realize that 6.3 million car crashes take place on the roads each year. Many of these accidents involve good drivers. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes that good drivers make and how you can avoid them. 1. Too Much Confidence You’ve been driving forever and you have to admit, you’re a pretty good driver. Guess what .. just about everybody on the road thinks they’re a great driver and most of them disobey driving safety on a regular basis, using cell phones or thinking the speed limit equals what the sign reads + 5. Take some time to evaluate your driving weaknesses and don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your vehicle’s advanced safety features will be enough to keep you safe on the road. 2. Multi-Tasking According to a study at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 80% of crashes are preceded by some form of distraction. At 60 mph you can cross the distance of a football field before gett ... read more

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Use Winter as an Opportunity for Teaching Driving Skills

After years of experience, we parents know how important cautious driving is in the winter. The impending ice, sleet, and snow often have parents worried; if teens are just learning and haven’t had experience, you may be scared to let them take the wheel. You do have right to be concerned. Teen drivers who have not driven in winter conditions are not used to the drastically different road conditions. Winter weather conditions require heightened senses and quicker reaction times. Fair-weather driving does not require the same level of attention and skill as winter driving. It may just be that your new teen driver is not experienced in these techniques. So, should you enact a new rule to keep your teen drivers out of the driver’s seat for the next two months? Should you declare winter months off limits for driving? For all of you nervous parents, we have a classic word of wisdom: Practice makes perfect. Teens will only become seasoned drivers if they have practic ... read more

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Study Shows Drowsiness is Major Risk for Teen Drivers

Study Shows Drowsiness is Major Risk for Teen Drivers

“Be Safe! No texting and driving!” Something similar to this phrase is shouted in homes across the country as teens grab the car keys and step out the door. What advice do you give your teens about driving? Do you remind them not to use their phones and not to drive after drinking alcohol? These are great and necessary reminders for teen drivers. However, there is another major risk that you may forget. Teen drivers are susceptible to dangers caused by drowsiness. Teens are already at greater risk of causing car accidents than other age groups. A recent study completed by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 1 out of every 7 drivers between the age of 16 and 24 admitted to falling asleep at least once while driving in the last year. Teens have the highest rate of drowsy driving among all age groups. The symptoms of drowsy driving include yawning often and difficulty keeping one’s eyes open. Driving when fatigued is comparable to driving wh ... read more

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Using Technology to Encourage Safe Driving with Teens

Using Technology to Encourage Safe Driving with Teens

Teaching teens to drive safely and obey the rules of the road is not always an easy task. Just like many older adults, teens must deal with distractions every time they are on the road. Teens also face added pressure of drinking and driving. Helping teens drive safely may be easier with the help of technology. There are several new devices and features to help parents encourage their tech-savvy teens to make smart driving decisions. Check out some of these new and developing technologies. Mobile Apps – There are plenty of phone apps developed for encouraging safe driving habits and discouraging the use of phones while driving. Here are a few: -DriveScribe – DriveScribe was developed to encourage safe driving by tracking performance and offering rewards for good habits. The app is used every time your teen gets behind the wheel. It blocks calls and messages, sends audible reminders, and alerts ... read more

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Model Behavior: How Parents Influence Their Teens’ Driving Habits

Last month, a new study from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) revealed alarming details regarding just how influential a parent’s driving habits are when it comes to the way teenage drivers handle themselves behind the wheel. According to the survey, which polled 1,700 teens from across the nation, parents are engaging in poor and risky driving habits while their teens are in the car and doing far more than just putting their families at risk. With behaviors ranging from texting to speeding to driving while intoxicated, parents are setting poor examples for their teenage drivers, who are proving to repeat the actions of their parents in nearly equal amounts. Not surprisingly, the most common destructive driving behavior modeled by parents was talki ... read more

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The I.C.E. Method: Emergency Contacts for Teen Drivers

Have you ever heard the term I.C.E.? Obviously we’re talking about more than just frozen water. When it comes to driver’s safety, I.C.E. means so much more than that. This three-letter acronym actually stands of In Case of Emergency, and it’s a simple abbreviation that can be life-saving in distressing situations—especially for teenage drivers. For the past few weeks, we at D&R Autoworks have been talking about teenage drivers and their safety on the road. As an auto service provider, it’s an issue that is close to our hearts, and we don’t like the statistics which show that thousands of our young men and women are losing their lives on the road every year. That’s why we’re addressing this issue from as many angles as we can. We care about our kids too much to not say anything at all. This week, we’re talking about that good ol’ I.C.E. If you’re a parent, you may have already heard about this method, and, if so, we’re happy that you’re using it. It’s such a hel ... read more

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Teen Texting and Driving: Communication and Contracts

By now you should know that texting and driving is a serious, deadly problem. It’s an epidemic that is threatening the lives of drivers across the country—especially our teenagers. Because texting is a standard form of communication for this age group, the temptation to text while behind the wheel is high, and it’s not only hurting them, but also the drivers around them. As a parent, you probably agonize over this topic. How can you know that your son or daughter is being responsible and keeping his or her eyes on the road? How do you know if their friends are doing the same thing? Yes, restricting their phone use is a good way to handle it, but it doesn’t completely cut to the heart of the matter: responsibility. At D&R Autoworks, we are sincerely passionate about the subject of texting and driving, and we want our teenagers especially to be safe on the roads. And, as family men and women, we also want to help our parents out there handle the topic as best the ... read more

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Road Wisdom for Parents of Teens

Road Wisdom for Parents of Teens

We know it’s not something you want to hear, but it’s a statistic that has to be shared. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States accounting for more than one in three fatalities in the age group. In fact, recent data shows that eight teens die every day from injuries sustained in car accidents in the U.S. A variety of factors contribute to the high number of teen crashes including inexperience, distraction, alcohol and the refusal to wear seat belts. Cell phones, text messages, friends and substances create potentially dangerous situations for teens behind the wheel, and parents need to address each situation with their kids before letting them take to the streets. We know it can be difficult to find the balance between being over-protective and appropriately cautious when it comes to parenting, but driving is serious business. And, because of the high ... read more

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