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Impaired Driving: The Risks & Tips for Avoidance

In light of the long weekend that just passed in Canada, I felt that it would be great to dive deep into impaired driving. What is impaired driving? Impaired driving is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The effect of drugs and alcohol while operating a motorized vehicle can lead to very serious consequences. It is important that your teen understands the risks associated with driving impaired and understands how it can be avoided.     Although the number of teens that drink and drive have decreased since the 1990’s, it is clear (from the statistics above) that driving impaired is still a pressing issue. So, what can be done? You can be the first step in helping

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Driver Inexperience: Leading Cause of Teen Collisions

Driver Inexperience Overview Every few weeks, I will be diving deep into one of the eight danger zones. This week I will discuss the dangers of driver inexperience and what you can do to ensure your teen is prepared to safely drive. Driver inexperience is the leading cause of collisions among novice drivers… but why are these statistics much higher than the other danger zones? Driver inexperience is common due to the lack of practice a novice driver has. In fact, one in two novice drivers will get into a collision within their first year of driving! Without ample training in various scenarios and conditions, drivers are not prepared to deal with these new situations on their own. 75% of

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4 Tips to Find the Right Driving School/Instructor for Your Teen

In previous blogs, I have mentioned the importance of getting your teen to learn proper techniques with a professional, but how do you choose which driving school or instructor is right for your teen? Different instructors have different teaching styles, some of which may not be the right fit for your teen. Follow the next few steps to help you find an instructor that will match your teen’s needs! Do Your Research Your first step should be to do some research. There are a few ways to find driving schools and instructors in your area: Google search Driving School Association of the Americas website Ask friends or family for referrals Start to compile a list of schools that you would

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The 8 Danger Zones

Did you know that one in two teens will get into a vehicle collision within their first year of driving? Why is that? There are eight leading causes for teen collisions, which are also known as the 8 Danger Zones. As a parent of teen drivers, I understand how scary this sounds, but through education and practice, you can lower your teen’s risk of getting into a collision. Let’s take a further look into the 8 Danger Zones together. Danger Zone 1: Driver Inexperience Driver inexperience is the leading cause of novice driver collisions. New driving teens, especially those who lack ample practice time, will be unprepared when they face new situations that require faster reaction times. As a parent,

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4 Reasons Why You Should Enrol Your Teen in a Driver’s Training Program

Before your teen goes to get their driver’s licence, they must get enough practice driving in different conditions (weather and road) and understand the rules of the road. A great way to assist you as a parent is to enroll your teen in a driver’s training program—there plenty of different programs that can cater to your teen’s needs. Aside from teaching your teen how to drive, why should you consider enrolling your teen into a program? Here are four main reasons as to why you should: Your teen will learn above and beyond the rules of the road Your teen will get to practice with a professional instructor Your teen can save on insurance premiums Your teen can reduce statistics

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3 Tips to Ensure Your Teen Prepared for a Vehicle Emergency

A vehicle emergency can happen at the most unexpected of times; is your teen prepared? All sorts of different emergencies can occur, such as drastic weather changes, flat tires or even your teen’s vehicle breaking down. How can you ensure that your teen is prepared to handle these situations safely? Good news, I have some tips and tricks we can share with you to ensure that your teen is prepared for any vehicle emergency they are faced with. Educate The first step is to educate your teen about the possible dangers and emergencies they can face while driving. From there, you will need to teach your teen to identify the emergency and how to deal with the situation safely. Some

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4 Summer Road Trip Tips to Keep Your Teen Safe

The sun is shining, and the birds are chirping! It is safe to say that summer is here. Many people use the summer months to take a much-needed vacation, which may include your newly licensed teen. Although you may be comfortable with your teen’s driving, there are a few things that you should go over to ensure that your teen is fully prepared for their upcoming adventure. Have no fear; we created a checklist to go through with your teen! Car Maintenance Before heading out on a road trip or any long drive for that matter, your teen needs to understand how to check and top up fluids, check the tire pressure, and change a tire. You can teach your

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4 Ways to Get Cheaper Insurance for Your Teen

It’s that exciting time in your teen’s life- they have just gotten their driver’s license! Before you get decide on the vehicle, it is important to consider insurance first. Teens, especially male teens, can be expected to pay higher insurance premiums due to the high-risk nature. Fortunately, I can share some tips and tricks to help get cheaper insurance for your teen driver. The chart below shows the average yearly insurance rate teens pay in California as an example. Type of Vehicle The type of vehicle your teen is driving will play a huge factor in the insurance premium. Let’s take a look below: Option A will no doubt cost you or your teen an outrageous amount to insure, while

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3 Driving Technologies to Keep Your Teen Safe

Each year new driving technologies are developed to help drivers get from point A to point B more safely. As parents of teen drivers, many of these new technologies could be of interest when looking to buy a new vehicle. In this post, I will go over three of the primary driving technologies that are available. Blind Spot Warning Systems Blind spots are a cause of many accidents. In past years “nearly 840,000 blind spot accidents occur each year in the United States” (Gordon & Partners, 2013). These accidents account for 18% of collisions on the road. (Gerber, 2020) As parents, we are always trying to find new ways to keep our teens safe and avoid getting into collisions. The

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3 Steps to Buying Your Teen’s First Car: Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe

Chances are if you are reading this blog, your teen has just gotten their driver’s license, or they are close to it! Buying your teen’s first car can bring up all sorts of emotions; anxiety, fear, excitement, and so much more! So many questions come to mind: What kind of vehicle does my teen need or want? What is my budget? How do I decide which vehicle is best for my teen? Where do I learn about vehicles? Look no further, I have you covered. I am going to give you some tips that you can follow, which will help make the task of purchasing your teen’s first car less daunting and much more exciting! These tips will also help

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The 8 Danger Zones

Did you know that one in two teens will get into a vehicle collision within their first year of driving? Why is that? There are

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