Defensive Driving

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As a parent, you have had many years of driving experience and know a lot about defensive driving. Defensive driving is a crucial component of safe driving. The following information is valuable for drivers of any age, so please share it with your teen.

Being a defensive driver means all of your attention is on the road. Defensive driving is a mentality; it means making decisions that are safe, even if you have the right of way. Always be on the lookout for aggressive drivers, who run red lights, go when it’s not their turn, etc.

Here are some critical things to remember:

¨     Go the speed limit – Going too fast will inhibit your stopping ability as well as your reaction time.

¨     Don’t tailgate – If the vehicle in front of you needs to stop quickly, you will crash into it. Besides it is rude.

¨     Don’t drive in the passing lane for extended periods of time – This is not what the passing lane is meant for. Respect other drivers by passing and returning to the right-hand lane.

¨     Move into the passing lane when traffic is merging onto the highway – This is a courtesy to other drivers.

¨     Don’t cut people off – Be considerate of other drivers. By cutting in front of them you are endangering your own life as well as those around you.

Another reason to refrain from these unsafe driving practices is road rage. You never know what type of person you just offended or what type of behavior to expect when you’re stopped next to him at the next red light. Don’t put yourself in dangerous situations. These are just a few of the many things you may come across on the road. Make defensive driving your mindset, and when in doubt make the defensive decision.


Know Who Is Driving

Letting drivers know car in front has inexperience driver could save lives

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You can spot the parents of active teenagers.

Just look at the back window of their cars.

Soccer balls, footballs, dance logos, honor roll appearances — the back of a vehicle salutes the accolades of the youngsters inside.

One driver safety advocate would like to see another emblem on the back of your car, one that says the driver inside is a newbie.

As important as the soccer team’s name, identifying the person behind the wheel as a “new driver” could play a key role in reducing the number of teenage traffic accidents — more than a million each year.

According to Teens in the Drivers Seat, four out of 10 teenagers who die each year died in a traffic accident. And on average, a teenager is injured in a car crash every 15 minutes.

Those numbers could be reduced if we simply knew where the teen drivers might be.

The magnet reads just that, “New Driver,” and tells every car that passes a message as important as the soccer team’s name. And the parent who places the magnet on the car becomes a partner in driver safety.

“Experience is only gained through practice,” said Corinne Fortenbacher, president of Rookie Driver.Net, in a press release. “In order to minimize traffic related deaths and injuries, we must produce skilled drivers. This vital “road preparedness” ultimately falls on parents. No one can eliminate the chance of an accident, but we as parents can lower the odds.”

Fortenbacher says only 18 states require some sort of drivers’ education for the person getting behind the wheel. The responsibility of driver safety, then, falls on the parents even more.

Supervised driving with a parent in the passenger seat, along with an extended permit period, reduces the chances of teen-related car crashes, according to a Rookie Driver.Net press release. A magnet identifying these at-risk teens alerts other drivers, most likely parents themselves, to take extra care.

Teenagers may not like the magnet. It’s not cool to be the newbie. If a magnet could help save their lives, perhaps they’d overlook the nerdy-ness of it all.

It’s not very cool to be dead, either.

Source:  TimesRecordNews

Be one of the kids that make it through the school year. Be smart, drive smart.

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It’s September and many teenagers are driving themselves to high school. Other teenagers will be driving to college for the first time. Its time to have a serious discussion about driving. Actually, its past time. Lets talk about how you can be a better driver. 

Use space cushion driving
You can not hit a vehicle, or have an accident with another vehicle if the other vehicle is not
around you. When you drive on a highway, do not drive with cars right next you. If some one wants to drive next to you, slow down, you do not want company. When a problem happens and the guy next to you has no where to go,where does he go?  Right into you, thats where! He can not hit you if you are not next to him.

The left lane is a passing lane
The left lane is a passing lane, it is not meant to be driven in constantly. Only in America do cars drive continually in the left lane, forcing other cars to pass on the right. You should be driving in the right lane. The left lane is for passing. A number of accidents occur because some people insist on driving in the left lane, annoying the drivers behind them and forcing them to pass on the right. Drive to the right, and you will get into less trouble with other drivers.

Parking lots are unbelievably dangerous
Many accidents occur in supermarkets, malls, movies, and other parking facilities. The reason is that drivers feel secure in those locations and tend to drive at faster speeds than what is reasonable. You can not see around corners, and therefore you should be driving slower. 

Look in the direction that you are driving
When you back up, turn your body around and look out the back window. Do not face forward and back up, even if you are using mirrors. You have to be able to see the blind spots. This is especially true when driving an SUV. Many times you will be higher than the driver in the vehicle behind you. This means you will have no idea who is behind you. Yes, you should be using mirrors as well, but you actually want to see out of the back window if that’s the direction you are going in.

No cell phones, no food
When you are driving, the only thing in your hands should be the steering wheel. Forget about cell phones and food. Concentrate on the road, and you will stay alive to make that phone call or to eat at another time.

Build a cushion of experience
You need road time or time behind the wheel to build up the natural experience that is now intuitive to drivers who have been on the road for a while. Take it easy at first, your time will come.

Know who you are driving with
You can be taught everything there is to know about driving. The problem is…what happens when you get into the car as a passenger with some other driver who isn’t as experienced?  Think about who you are getting into that car with. If they are drunk, don’t even think about getting in.  If they drive too fast or wreckless – do not ride with them.

Sign On

A mom comes up with a way to alert motorists that a teen driver is on the road

A mother in Michigan came up with a solution. The Rookie Driver magnet attaches to the back of the car and alerts fellow drivers that they are sharing the road with a beginner.

Corinne Fortenbacher worked with her 15-year-old son Austin on the wording and design. “After Austin got his learner’s permit at the license bureau, naturally he wanted to drive home,” Fortenbacher recalls. “As we were going through a construction area, and he was doing the posted speed limit of 25 mph, a semi came up behind us and he freaked out a little and slowed down. The trucker beeped at him, and then he got even more nervous and looked around instead of keeping his eyes on the road.”

Back home, rattled but safe, the two discussed the incident, realizing that the truck driver would have acted differently if he had known that Austin was a novice driver. They looked for some kind of sign that would alert other motorists, but Austin instantly rejected the “Student Driver” yellow-and-black stickers available as embarrassing. So, after consulting with his friends on wording and design, the Fortenbachers came up with the Rookie Driver magnet. (

The concern about teenage drivers is based on fact. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, new teen drivers have a crash rate that is five times the rate for 18-year-old drivers, due to their inexperience behind the wheel. Since creating and using the magnet, both Austin and his mother have noticed its effect on other drivers. “One day recently I was changing lanes, and I had plenty of room, but the woman I was moving in front of held back and gave me a lot of space,” Fortenbacher says. “I didn’t know why, and then I remembered that Austin was driving the car before me. The Rookie Driver sign was still on the car.”

Source:  RoadKing

The National Safety Council’s 10 important tips for you and your passengers:

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  1.  Don’t leave the driveway without securing each passenger in the car. Safety belts save thousands of lives each year!
  2. Remember that driving too fast or too slow can increase the likelihood of collisions.
  3. Be alert! If you notice a car straddling the center line, weaving, making wide turns, stopping abruptly or responding slowly to traffic signals, the driver may be impaired.
  4. Avoid an impaired driver by slowing down, letting the driver pass, pulling onto the shoulder or turning right at the nearest corner. If it appears that an oncoming car is crossing into your lane, pull over to the roadside, sound the horn and flash your lights.
  5. Notify the police immediately after seeing a motorist who is driving suspiciously.
  6. Follow the rules of the road. Don’t contest the “right of way” or try to race another car during a merge.
  7. Don’t stop in the road to talk with a pedestrian or other drivers.
  8. Avoid eye contact or making obscene gestures with/at an aggressive driver.
  9. Don’t tailgate.
  10. Remember, while driving, be cautious, aware and responsible.