3 Back-to-School Driving Tips

Back to School Driving TipsAs we head back to school, it is important to remember some back-to-school driving tips so that both your student and other students remain safe.  Here are three commonsense tips to help you drive safely from idrivesafely.com:

Tip One: Watch Out for Pedestrians

The beginning of a school year means more buses and bicycles on the road and more kids potentially walking to class, especially if you live in a residential area close to a school. According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, more children are hit by cars near school than at any other location. Keep an eye out for any kids on the sidewalk, buses stopped by the side of the road, or any other indications that kids are afoot – even the smartest tykes may dart in and out of busy streets and potentially endanger their lives.

Tip Two: Be Wary of New Drivers

A new school year brings a surge of newly-licensed teen drivers and fresh-faced, inexperienced college students with only a couple years of driving under their belt. According to the National Safety Council, teen crashes spike in September and happen more commonly in the mornings and afternoons, when school begins and ends.

Tip Three: Get Ready for More Traffic – Everywhere

While we normally associate the beginning of the school year with more traffic around schools, it’s also important to highlight the surge of traffic on freeways and roads as well. In September, commute times on freeways typically increase due to numerous factors, including commuter students heading to college and parents dropping off their children at schools at the same time of the day.


Being careful while driving during this back-to-school system is critical to keep our children safe.  Take some extra time and put your drivers education to good use.  DriversEd.com’s courses provide a great education to help you and your student drive safely.  For example, here is some excellent information from DriversEd.com on how to drive around school buses.  Drive safely!

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Driving Freedom: What I Learned Only After I Got My License

[Guest blogger Ashley Orelup joins us to talk about driving freedom and explain how and why having a license is full of tiny freedoms you won't learn about in driver's ed.  Thanks, Ashley!]

In the coming months, you’re gonna learn a lot about why you should get your license when you take driver’s ed, about responsibility and safety and convenience—and it’s all true. But I’ve got a different set of reasons to share with you.

Illustration of driving freedom, with a young woman relaxing behind the wheel.

Driving freedom illustrated! (NOTE: this car was not in motion at the time of the photo.)

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Car Insurance 101: Ways to Save on Car Insurance

Over the past two weeks of Car Insurance 101, we have discussed how to choose the best car insurance for the first-time driver and how to pick out a car. Now that we’ve talked about how to spend money, it’s time to talk about how to save money.

Car Insurance 101 Infographic, laying out ways to save money on car insurance for first-time drivers (and others).

Want to save on car insurance? Sure, we all do! No worries: Car Insurance 101 has got you covered!

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Car Insurance 101: What Kind of Car Should I Drive?

Last week in Car Insurance 101, we talked about choosing car insurance for the first-time driver. Deciding on what kind of coverage you want is a step in the right direction, but what’s the point of purchasing car insurance if you don’t have a car to insure? That’s why this week we’ll be talking about choosing a car for the first-time driver so buckle up!

Car Insurance 101 Infographic Describing What Kind of Car First-Time Drivers Should Drive

Car Insurance 101: What Kind of Car Should I Drive?

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Car Insurance 101: Car Insurance for the First-Time Driver

Purchasing car insurance for the first-time driver can be a headache. There is a lot of information you’ll need in order to make the best decisions, so let’s start here at the beginning with Car Insurance 101.

Car Insurance 101 Infographic Describing Car Insurance Requirements for First-Time Drivers

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Guest Post! Teens in the Car: What’s Most Distracting (and What Can We Do About It)?

[Please enjoy this guest post by Fay W! Thanks, Fay!] When it comes to teens in the car, are there significant differences between male and female drivers? Does gender really impact driving performance? Some common failures of new drivers include:

  • Poor judgment, with recklessness and inability to recognize and assess risks
  • Inexperience, with lack of practice in a variety in situations
  • Distractions

Interestingly, it seems to be true that boys tend to be more likely to take chances, log more miles, and collect more speeding tickets. Put more simply, they have worse judgment. Inexperience is a problem for all new drivers, by definition, which leaves distractions. Do these differ across genders? It’s starting to look like they do!
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Four Simple Tips for Driving Like Dad This Father’s Day

Does driving like dad sound crazy? maybe it shouldn’t! Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but your dad probably thinks he’s a better driver than you. A Harris Poll we commissioned found that:

  • 85% of dads rated themselves as very good or fairly good drivers
  • 72% of dads rated their children as very good or fairly good drivers
Graphic illustrating gifts for a father on Father's Day.

Happy Father’s Day, dads!

Are they right? Well, that’s a great question, and perhaps we can get to the bottom of that another day. For now, though, we’re getting ready for Father’s Day, so let’s take the old man at his word, and try to close the gap between our driving skills and his, with four simple tips for driving like dad does.

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Four—Yes, Four!—Easy (Yes, Easy!) Ways to Save on Car Insurance

There’s two incontrovertible truths about car insurance: number one, you have to have it, and number two, it’s a significant expense. Luckily, there are four easy ways you can take a bite out of this unavoidable expenditure.

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Saving money on car insurance the easy way.

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The Best Defense: Preparing to Share the Road with Self-Driving Cars

freeway carsThe promise of self-driving cars is that they’ll make the roads safer. Because they can constantly obey the rules of safe driving, avoid conflict by communicating with one another directly, and eliminate the potential for driver error, self-driving vehicles are seen by manufacturers, experts, and safety regulators as a game-changer when it comes to reducing the risk of collisions.

But how is this going to affect people who still prefer to drive? Will drivers be able to share the road safely with self-driving cars? Will we have to learn new skills or adopt new technologies if we want to stay in charge of our own driving experience?
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Guest Post! How to Save on Car Insurance (in California and Beyond)

Hi, all! We have a little change of pace for you this time around, with a guest post from one of our behind-the-scenes team members, who recently took a close look at how to save on car insurance. He put one of our special offers to the test, and followed it up with some interesting research. Here’s his report.

Harness the awesome power of modern computing to save on car insurance!

Harness the awesome power of modern computing to save on car insurance!

Hi, my name is Johnathan!

I work here at eDriving, DriversEd.com’s parent company, and lately we’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about insurance. It’s a natural fit for us, because our goal is always to keep you safe and informed, and if we can help you save some money along the way, that’s great, too! Now, if you’re lucky—and safe!— you’ll never need to use your insurance, but you do have to have it, and we’ve recently discovered a great tool that compares insurance policy quotes so you can see if you’re in a position to save some money.

Answer Financial free car insurance quote tool.

Getting started (for free) at Answer Financial.

Using this tool is simple. It begins by asking your zip code and whether or not you are currently insured. I do currently have insurance, so I chose that, entered my zip code, and began the process. The next thing I saw was four tabs: Vehicles, Drivers, Insurance, and Quotes. The information they asked for was pretty basic, but I definitely recommend having a copy of your current insurance policy with you when you’re filling out that section.

Less than half a cup of coffee later, I found out that I was eligible for a policy that will save me over $50.00 a month. The entire process took me all of 10 minutes and I’ll be saving $600 a year. So, is Answer Financial worth the time? It definitely was for me!

We crunched the numbers—and found some savings!

We crunched the numbers—and found some savings!

Want to run a quote comparison of your own? Why not? It’s easy! Just visit Answer Financial to get started. Good luck!

There’s another way to save on car insurance that’s just for California residents. California’s Low Cost Insurance Program helps make sure low-income drivers can still carry the insurance they need to be driving legally. If you’re interested, check here to see if you qualify for the program.

I went to the site to check it out, and found that a two-member household that makes a maximum of $40,050 a month can qualify for a premium of only $376.00.

You may or may not end up qualifying for this program, but if you’re a California resident it’s certainly worth your time to check. That’s it for me—thanks! Hope you found this information useful. I certainly did, and I’ll have an extra fifty bucks in my pocket this month to prove it!

You probably have more questions than just how you can save on car insurance, and we sure hope we can help answer them! Take a moment to stop by our Insurance Center for more information, and for a look at some alternative ways to save on car insurance, read this article at I Drive Safely!

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