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Tips for Parents during National Teen Driving Week

Tips for Parents of teen drivers. for National Teen Driving Week.

With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of deaths in teens across the United States we compiled a list for you to discuss with your teenage driver, to help keep everyone safe while out on the road.

• No multitasking while driving – No checking cellphone, taking quick calls, eating a snack or looking through their bag. It’s been reported that 1 in every 5 teen fatality accidents were caused by distracted driving fatalities.
• No cell phones –Encourage your teenager to leave their phone in their bag, or place it face down in the center console so that they do not see the alerts while driving.
• Always wear a seatbelt
• Follow the speed limit 
• No extra passengers – The louder the car, the more distractions within the car. A lot of states only allow for new drivers to drive one person under the age of 25 at a time within the first year. If your state does not require teenage drivers to do that you could make it a household rule.
• Never drive under the influence.

To help promote safe driving you should also:

• Set a good example – Remember: children are always watching. Keep your cell phone in your bag while you are at the wheel.
• Communicate with your teen as you are driving. If you see a potential problem point it out so that they can learn how to be aware of their surroundings.
• Always wear your seatbelt
• Don’t drive under the influence. Children learn from example. Show your teenager that there is no shame in calling a cab if you are unfit to drive.
• Install a T3 Vehicle Security Device – Wouldn’t it be nice to know if your kid made it to their destination? Now you can keep a better watch on your teenager by installing the 911Tracker T3 Device. It allows parents to track their teen while driving to make sure they get to their destination safely.

Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers

It’s that time of year again. School is starting, some students have already begun and others will grab those backpacks and lunches after labor. Regardless of when your area starts school, it’s important for motorists to be mindful when driving especially when traveling through school zones and near bus stops. Here are some of our favorite tips to keep students and motorists safe during the school year.

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Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers 

SCHOOL ZONES – When driving through school zones keep it at 15 mph and be very aware of your surroundings since many kids walk to school and could cross the street without looking.

BUS STOPS – It’s the law, but most of all kids are darting out all over the place so make sure you stop for all school buses that are loading or unloading children.

CROSSING GUARDS – Keep an eye out for crossing guards, they can walk into the road at any time to protect a child crossing the street.

STAY ALERT – Especially near the schools, bus stops and parking lots. Most children are not paying attention when walking because they are chatting with their friends or being silly so it’s our job to be as alert as possible to keep everyone safe.

NO PASSING – I know it can be frustrating to drive so slow in school zones, but there is a reason for it so don’t pass others just to get ahead a few cars. Not worth it!

HANDS FREE – Get that Bluetooth out and go hands free while driving so you can stay alert on the road.

CHANGES IN WEATHER – Fall brings changing falling leaves and wet roads which makes the roads slippery. Allow for greater stopping distance when driving on wet leaves or road.

CURBSIDE LANES – I know it’s tough when you are running late but take the few extra minutes to park in the lot instead of doing curbside. They are designed for buses and emergency vehicles. We want to keep those areas open for the proper vehicles.

CARPOOLING – When carpooling don’t overload your vehicle and make sure every passenger has a safety belt.

TEEN DRIVERS – Got a teen driver in the house? Make sure they are aware of all the rules and is keeping it safe while driving to school or really anytime they are behind the wheel.

Another way parents can keep a better on their teen by installing the 911Tracker T3 Device. It allows parents to track their teen while driving to make sure they get to their destination safely. The T3 is currently on sale through our website —-> take advantage of this deal and learn more about how the T3 Recovery Device can help the whole family stay safe while on the road.

Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teen Drivers

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and that risk climbs even higher during the summer months. More free time, relaxed parental curfews, and less supervision overall combine to create a higher risk for teen driving accidents and deaths when school is out. On an average more teens died in the months of July and August than any other months of the year. Worried about your teen being safe while on the road this summer? Here are 5 safety tips that you may not of thought of that will  help keep your teen stay safe on the road during those crazy summer months.

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Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teen Drivers 

NIGHT DRIVE – Did you know that 17% of teen fatalities occur between 9 p.m. and midnight, and 26% occur between midnight and 6:00 a.m. What can you do? Reduce night driving,  giving a curfew, and being aware of where and when your child is driving will be one way to address this crash risk.

SLOW DOWN – Parents need to set a good example way before your child is ready to drive themselves. Teen crashes are more likely to involve speeding, especially with male drivers. Make sure your teen knows that driving above the speed limit can lead to a ticket (which they should pay for), insurance rate increase, or even a deadly crash.

TURN IT DOWN – Teens love to listen to music, and they love to listen to it as loud as they can. How can they hear the road noises around you, you can’t! Headphones are even worse, so encourage to put the headphones in the glove box and turn the radio off and focus on the road.

LIMIT PASSENGERS – Don’t let your teen’s vehicle be the party bus. Friends in the car can be a serious distraction. Limit how many passengers your teen can transport. Most graduated licensing laws already set limits, but make sure you know your state laws or set your own rules.

DRIVE A SAFE CAR –  Your teen doesn’t need to drive a brand new car but make sure it functions properly. You can even teach your teen how to check tire pressure and how to look for wear and tear on tires. Make sure all lights work, the brakes are in good condition, and the air bags are functioning correctly. Here is a list of the best cars for teens.

Keeping Families Safe

Parents can also keep a better on their teen by installing the 911Tracker T3 Device. It allows parents to track their teen while driving to make sure they get to their destination safely. The T3 is currently on sale through our website —-> take advantage of this deal and learn more about how the T3 Recovery Device can help the whole family stay safe while on the road.

GIVEAWAY ALERT – In honor of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month  911Tracker would like to offer 1 lucky community member a opportunity to win a T3 Recovery GPS Device worth over $200 but having peace of mind while your teen is out —-> PRICELESS!

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States Taking Action on Distracted Driving

The the use of smart phones we can get almost anything in a matter of minutes. A whooping 91% of Americans own a cell phone and 50% of adult Americans own smart phones. We know it’s very tempting to pick up the phone while driving just so we get the answer to our questions without delay. We always think, it’s not going to happen to me. Well in 2011 it happened to over 3000 people and 387,000 people were injured because of cell phone use while driving, and the number is going increasing.

Distracted driving isn’t a new issue, it’s been happening well before cell phones but now it has increased the chances of accidents. As you can imagine, it’s a great concern for those working in the highway safety field. Since 2010 more states are enforcing distracting driving laws as well as developing effective programs and policies to keep all drivers safe while on the road.

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Where does your state stand? While there isn’t a state that has totally banned the use of cell phones, many states have passed laws making it illegal to use hand-held cell phones and text messaging.  

* Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

* The use of all cellphones by novice drivers is restricted in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

* Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 45 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, new drivers are banned from texting in 3 states — Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Other ways states are dealing with Distracted Driving…..

Law enforcement officers in almost every state are actively enforcing distracted driving laws. Police are preforming routine traffic patrols that include distracted driving enforcement. In 2013 California Office of Traffic Safety provided grant funding to 80 law enforcement agencies to conduct additional hand-held and texting enforcement operations.

States are using multiple strategies and channels to get the word out to drivers about the risks of distracted driving. You can easily find events happening in your community throughout the year and with a big push in April because it’s distracted driving month.

One huge way to get the word out is by partnering with companies which is what law enforcement and organizations have done. Ford Motor Company Fund’sFord Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) program has created major partnerships and has events and training’s throughout the United States that help all drivers but especially teen drivers.

States are constantly researching and developing effective solutions as the landscape of driving changes. Although most distractions are avoidable, some distractions are impossible to completely prevent – instead they must be managed. Driving requires your full attention. Here are some tips that will help you eliminate distractions so you can focus on the road ahead. Visit distraction.gov to learn more about how you can help in your own state and Nationally.

 

 

 

Back to School $50 Amazon Card Giveaway

back to school amazon gift card giveawayAt 911Tracker it is our goal to not only keep cars and families safe, but to be a online resource. Our website shares our car and safety tips to help individuals, families and new drivers. As Back to School arrives want to focus on child safety – of all ages.  The roads are more congested with school buses, kids walking to school, crossing streets without looking, and teen drivers headed to school on their own. This can be scary for any parent. Got a teen in high school or college driver? Here are some tips that will help your teen and others stay safe while on the road. 

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Back to School Tips for Teen Drivers 

5 Safest Cars for Teen Drivers 

10 Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers 

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Back to School Driving Tips for Teens

VTS_01_1It’s that time of year – SCHOOL STARTS! The roads are more congested with school buses, kids walking to school and crossing streets without looking, and new teen drivers headed to school on their own. If you have a teen driving to school or has a car at college these tips that will keep you and others safe.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP –  Your teen needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. When a teen doesn’t get enough sleep and hitting the road as early as 6:30 am for school and then heading to after school activities which means not getting home to sometimes later in the evening.  This results in drowsy driving, and it can be just as risky as driving drunk. Make sure your teen takes a break, eat high energy foods to help stay alert or if things get really bad call a parent to come and pick them up.

SCHOOL BUSES – Teens needs to be aware that it’s illegal in the US to pass a school bus that is stopped loading and unloading children. Teens need to be more cautious when driving through areas where children are waiting for buses, because of kids darting in and out of the road.

SPEED LIMIT – School zones have different speed limits during different times of the day. Check posted limits and flashing signs to avoid getting a ticket.

DISTRACTED DRIVING – Avoid cell phones, playing with the radio, eating, putting on makeup or talking with friends while driving, all of these things will decrease your ability to pay attention to the road. A distracted driver cannot be a good driver.

CHANGES IN WEATHER – Fall brings changing falling leaves and wet roads which makes the roads slippery. Allow for greater stopping distance when driving on wet leaves or road.

PARKING – Make sure your teen leaves for school with plenty of time left to find a parking space. The student lots are always a zoo which can lead to many fender benders because of being in a rush to get to class and not paying attention to others around you. A good rule of thumb – get to school a little early and leave a little late to avoid the rush.

DRIVE A SAFE CAR – One of the best ways to keep your teen safe is by making sure they are driving a safe car. When buying a vehicle for your new teen driver, make sure it has good safety ratings and is reliability.

Keeping Families Safe

Parents can also keep a better on their teen by installing the 911Tracker T3 Device. It allows parents to track their teen while driving to make sure they get to their destination safely. The T3 is currently on sale through our website —-> take advantage of this deal and learn more about how the T3 Recovery Device can help the whole family stay safe while on the road.

GIVEAWAY ALERT – In honor of Back to School 911Tracker would like to offer 2 lucky community members a opportunity to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. ENTER HERE

10 Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers

10 Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers

Whether you are a teen driver or a parent of a teen driver this is all new territory. It can be a very nerve racking time as parents pass the keys onto their new teen driver allowing them to drive on their own.  Here are a few tips to make this transition a more relaxed experience for parents and the teen.

 

10 TIPS FOR PARENTS WITH TEEN DRIVERS

BE OBSERVANT – New drivers aren’t always observant of things happening on the road. When drivers are aware of the traffic ahead, behind, and next to them, and have possible escape routes in mind they and others are safer.

REMEMBER CAR LENGTHS – This is something even more experienced drivers forget. Stay at least one car length behind the car in front of you in slower speeds, and maintain a larger buffer zone with faster speeds.

CHOOSE A SAFE CAR – If you are a parent thinking of buying your teen their own vehicle make sure safety comes first. You don’t need to purchase a brand new vehicle but make sure it has anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, air bags and has a excellent crash safety record.

CAR LIGHTS ON – Most newer cars have lights that automatically turn on but if you teen driver is using an older car make sure they drive with the headlights on during the day and of course at night.

MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS – Even experienced drives fine things to distract them while driving, but when a new driver is distracted it can be 100X worse. Encourage your teen to turn off their cell phone and  place it in the glove-box so they are not tempted to text or make a call while driving. It may be tempting to eat, drink, flip around the radio dial, or play music loudly while you’re cruising around town; however, all can cause your mind or vision to wander, even for a few seconds. And, that can be enough for an inexperienced driver to lose control of your car, or not notice an obstacle in the road.

ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT – This would be a great “gift” for a new driver. By having a emergency kit in your vehicle it can make the difference between getting back on the road or being stuck for hours, sometimes in a not so great area.

OBEY SPEED LIMITS – Did you know that 40% of fatal teen deaths comes from speeding while driving? While training your new driver teach them where speed limit signs are so they are fully aware of the laws especially driving through school zones.

ADJUST MIRRORS & SEATS – If your teen is sharing your vehicle make sure they know how to adjust the mirrors and seats because if they don’t it will affect their driving abilities.

LIMIT PASSENGERS – The more passengers a teen has in the vehicle means a higher risk of a fatal crash. With three or more people in the car the risk increases 4x higher when you are a beginner driver.

CREATE RULES – Besides giving your teen driver a safety pep talk before heading out on the open road create a contract so the rules are clearly outlined and what the penalties are if they are broken. Make sure all parties sign the agreement because then there is no misunderstandings when a problem does arise.

There’s no substitute for driving experience and the wisdom that age brings, but by applying the above tips you’ll enhance the odds that your teenage driver not becoming apart of the ever growing accident statistics.

As a parent you may never be totally at ease when your teen is on the road. One way to keep an extra eye on your teen while they are driving is to have a vehicle tracker installed in your vehicle. By doing this you can view exactly where your car is and how fast the car is traveling. This will give you extra security that your child is safe.