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Parents Who Set Rules Produce Safer Teen Drivers

Study shows young drivers model behavior of parents while driving.

by on May.16, 2016

Young drivers are less likely to exhibit risky behavior if given clear rules about what's acceptable when they are behind the wheel.

Teachers often say that students thrive in classrooms with clear rules and expectations and a new study shows that concept translates to the road when teenage drivers get their license. Parents who lay out clear guidelines and parameters and then model those behaviors develop the safest drivers.

A research study from Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation reveals that teens who are given rules about what they can do when driving are less likely to engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel.

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For instance, teens who have an established family rule against drinking and driving were 10 times less likely to report doing that illegal behavior than those who didn’t have an established rule, according to the group. (more…)

Parents Finding New Ways to Monitor Teen Drivers

Cameras, Bluetooth combine to keep teens in check.

by on Dec.23, 2013

Teens are easily distracted while driving, but parents have many devices at their disposal to help.

These days its not just Santa wanting to know if kids have been naughty or nice, parents of teenage drivers really want to know as well.

Statistics show that teenage drivers are, well, the worst drivers on the roads. The traffic accident rates for 16- to 19-year old drivers are higher than those for any other age group, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Young people ages 15 to 24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population, but they account for 30% or $19 billion of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more…)

Who Are America’s Worst (and Best) Drivers?

Hint: think political and highway gridlock.

by on Aug.29, 2012

Drivers in D.C. are far more likely than most to have a crash, according to an Allstate study.

Are you a good driver?  A new study by Ford Motor Co. suggests 99% of Americans will answer, “Yes.”  It’s always the other driver.

But where does the other guy live? That’s what Allstate set out to find and, as one of the nation’s oldest and largest automotive insurance companies, it has the data to deliver an answer.  Of course, there are any number of ways to define “worst.”  But Allstate didn’t look at rudest, most aggressive or even those with the most points on individual driving records.  It focused on where motorists had the most collisions.

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And there, the data pointed to the same town that also seems to have the worst gridlock in its core business – of government – Washington, D.C.

On the positive side, the new study found the best drivers are based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  In fact, that’s the fifth time in the eight-year history of the “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” that Sioux Falls set the lead.


Who’re Better Drivers: Men or Women?

Guess again, says a new study.

by on Oct.11, 2011

Are you going to be the one to tell Danica Patrick to move over and let you drive?

Women drivers have long been a mainstay for comics and comic strips, and most men are likely to say they’re better drivers.  But a new study suggests you guess again.

The data all point to women as the better drivers, with women getting fewer tickets for reckless driving, winding up with fewer address for driving under the influence and – perhaps most notably – winding up dying in accidents about 50% less often.

If there’s anything that men seem to have a lead in it’s understanding how all the high tech gear in the latest cars are operated, according to the MetLife Auto & Home American Safety Pulse Poll.

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“Safety knows no gender,” contends Bill Moore, president of MetLife Auto & Home.  “Whether a man or a woman is behind the wheel, an attentive driver remains the most effective deterrent to auto accidents.”

Then, perhaps the statistics show that women are more attentive.  Men are involved in reckless driving incidents 3.4 times more often than women and cited for DUI 3.1 times more frequently.