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“The Driving Dead” and 6 More Shocking, Funny, and Unforgettable Safe Driving PSAs

Driversed.comTo improve road safety, there are several things we can do. First, we can pass new laws or strengthen the laws that already exist in order to discourage dangerous driving behaviors. Second, we can improve how these laws are enforced by hiring more peace officers or making certain offenses a higher priority. Read More »

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Road Trip! Driving Vices with Joan Didion, Courtney Barnett, and Me.

Woman driving a convertible through the American Southwest on a road trip.

Road Trip!

1. Hitting the Road
Road trip, my friends! That’s right, y’all, your beloved Director of Content Marketing finally hooked up a (brief) vacation. Realizing that no summer is worth the name without a road trip—and realizing that I hadn’t actually gone on a road trip in years—I grabbed a rental car and my girlfriend and headed south, out of my beloved Oakland and to the Grand Canyon, for an old friend’s wedding reception. Read More »

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Parking Lot Safety: What New Drivers Need to Know

crowded parking lotDriving in a parking lot doesn’t seem like it should be that hard. After all, cars go slowly, the lanes are clearly marked, and there aren’t a lot of driving rules or traffic controls to worry about. But in fact, parking lot crashes account for 14% of all insurance claims, and some research suggests that as many as one in five crashes occurs in a parking lot! Read More »

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Drivers Ed Meets Pop Music: The History of Teen Crash Songs

side collisionIf there’s one thing that everyone who’s ever taken a drivers ed course is familiar with, it’s those movies. You know the ones. A crash survivor remembers the friend who wasn’t so lucky. A grieving parent mourns the child they’ll never see again. A critically-injured driver recalls the bad decision that left them disabled for life. Read More »

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Cars and Pedestrians: A Conflict Where Both Sides Lose

car stopped at pedestrian crosswalkIf we’re in a hurry, it can be easy to get frustrated with pedestrians who dawdle in the crosswalk or start crossing in the middle of the street without even looking first. When we’re on foot, however, suddenly it’s the people behind the wheel who seem aggressive, inconsiderate, or entitled—backing up without checking, stopping in the crosswalk, or creeping around the corner before we’ve had a chance to clear the intersection. Read More »

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DriversEd.com’s Bike Challenge Results

Raúl's view on the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Raúl’s view from the San Francisco Bay Trail.

May was National Bike Month, and DriversEd.com celebrated by participating in the 2015 Bay Area Company Bike Challenge. With just three team members, we biked a total of 426.4 miles—just 73.6 miles short of our goal of 500! Read More »

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Ten Driving Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

We all know it’s illegal—and unsafe—to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a matter of fact, impaired driving resulted in 1.2 million arrests and over 10,000 crash fatalities in the United States in 2013 alone. But when you look at the larger picture of traffic safety, you can see that a far greater proportion of traffic tickets and crashes every year are the result of common driving mistakes drivers make every day, often without even realizing how dangerous they really are. Read More »

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There’s No One at the Wheel! Can We Trust Self-Driving Cars?

car driving on freeway side viewIn recent years, vehicle engineers and manufacturers have introduced a number of technologies designed to make driving safer and easier, and perhaps none has generated as much interest as Google’s Self-Driving Car Project. While other new technologies can reduce the risk of certain dangerous mistakes, such as drifting from your lane, tailgating, and backing up unsafely, it’s hoped that self-driving cars will eventually eliminate the risk of driver error entirely. Read More »

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Recall Alert! Are Your Air Bags Safe?

air bag expandingThis week, millions of Americans have been asking themselves “are my air bags safe?” after the Department of Transportation announced the largest motor vehicle recall in the nation’s history. This recall is meant to address severe defects in several types of air bags manufactured by Takata, the fourth largest air bag maker in the world. Read More »

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You’re Talking—and DriversEd.com Is Listening!

If you’ve taken one of our courses, you know that there’s no shortage of ways to get in touch with us. We love your feedback, so we try to make it easy for you to give it to us: we have live chat and phone operators standing by 24/7, we read every email we get, we take feedback from inside our course player, and when a student completes our course, we ask them how it went, and we ask them to rate us from 1 to 5 stars. Read More »

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