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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…)

Louisiana is Home to the Worst Drivers in the US

South Carolina and Mississippi round out top three on dubious list.

by on Dec.18, 2013

The State of Louisiana is home to the nation's worst drivers, according to a recent study. It is the second year in a row they've captured the dubious honor.

Anyone who has driven outside of their home state believes they’ve been to the place with the worst drivers in the country. However, statistically speaking, unless you picked Louisiana, you would be wrong.

For the second consecutive year, residents in the Sportsman’s Paradise finished atop the list of states with the worst drivers, according to a study by

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The study examines five categories of bad driving: fatalities rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled; failure to obey traffic signals and seat belts; drunk driving; tickets; and careless driving. (more…)

Teens Don’t Think They’re Personally at Risk of Distracted Driving

New survey finds girls far more likely to text, engage in other distractions while driving.

by on Apr.25, 2012

Texting by a young driver was blamed for this August 2010 crash that killed two.

It’s always the other guy.  The other driver who we expect to run the light or engage in some other risky behavior while behind the wheel.  And that’s especially true, apparently, when it comes to the nation’s youngest motorists.  While they’re aware of the dangers of distracted driving, a new survey says teens continue to engage in risky behaviors because they’re convinced they’re personally not at risk.

The study, sponsored by Bridgestone tires finds that teens are in complete denial when it comes to highway safety.  More than half of the 2,000 drivers, aged 15 to 21 said they were aware that distracted driving poses risk, yet a large number continue to engage in risky behaviors, such as texting while driving or using handheld phones.

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Notably girls are more likely than young male drivers to engage in behaviors that can cause distractions while behind the wheel.  But teens and young adults are quick to point fingers and accuse their parents of taking even more risks.


Tips for Teens Coping with Dangerous Winter Roads

Slick, snowy roads can fool even the more experienced driver.

by on Dec.29, 2009

Slow down! Antilock brakes and all-wheel drive won't help you stop faster.

Now that winter is firmly entrenched in our northern latitudes, drivers are trying to cope with the ice, snow, and other hazards that turn roads treacherous and contribute to the more than 1.5 million annual weather-related car crashes, according to the National Research Council.

Teen drivers, many of whom facing wintry conditions behind the wheel for the first time, need guidance to safely navigate the roadways through the upcoming months. To help, Liberty Mutual Insurance has a host of winter safety resources for teens click here.  And if TDB’s experience is representative, more than teens need to think about navigating a two-ton car through the slop.

“Driving in wintry conditions is no easy task, even for seasoned drivers, and it is especially difficult for younger drivers with limited experience to adapt to slippery roads and poor visibility,” said Dave Melton, a driving safety expert with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.

“Teen drivers need to take extra steps to protect themselves this winter, and parents need to promote and enforce safe driving habits to keep their teens safe.”

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Before getting behind the wheel, a driving safety video at the site will help teens and parents get winter road-ready and ensure their cars are safe and in good working order.

Website visitors also will find car maintenance tips and a checklist for a winter driving safety kit. These tips include:

  • Before you get on the road in bad weather, check your local news stations and their websites for detailed, up-to-the-minute weather and traffic information.
  • If your trip is absolutely necessary, give yourself extra time.
  • During inclement weather put extra distance – at least five or six seconds -between yourself and the vehicle in front.
  • Antilock brakes, all-wheel and four-wheel drive won’t help you stop faster.
  • Turn on your headlights so other drivers can see you. In snow, fog and rain, don’t use high beams – they increase glare for both you and other drivers.
  • Signal your intentions early; don’t surprise other drivers.
  • Do not use cruise control when roads are hazardous.
  • And, slow down!
  • Did we mention slow down!