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Parents: Tools to Help Your Teen Resist Using Their Phone While Driving

Parents: Tools to help your teen resist using their phone while driving

Teenagers live an “always-on” lifestyle. Whether calling, texting, using social media or taking selfies, many teens barely go a few minutes without tapping away on their phone. A 2016 survey revealed that 50% of teenagers felt addicted to their mobile devices, and 78% check their phones every hour. More than 70% of teens said they […]

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How to Report a Drunk or Distracted Driver

How to Report a Drunk or Distracted Driver

Say you’re out on the road this holiday season and you spot one or more of the telltale signs of a drunk or distracted driver — swerving, weaving in between lanes, driving too fast or too slow, tailgating, braking erratically, ignoring traffic signs, etc. This makes you nervous, as it would for any safe driver. So […]

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Texas fights distracted driving with new DL requirement

New Driver Course to Combat Distracted Driving

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will implement a new driver’s education requirement Sept. 1 that mandates all drivers 18 and older participate in a one-hour driving course on distracted driving. The Impact Texas Young Drivers (ITYD) course tackles one of the biggest safety issues today: the plethora of mobile devices, as well as […]

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Surprise! 4 unexpected driving situations and how to handle them

When driving, watch for deer or wildlife crossing signs, which are placed in areas where animals are known to congregate.

Even the safest drivers will encounter surprising situations on the road now and then. But newer drivers have encountered fewer surprises, which can make them scarier, not to mention more dangerous. During any surprise on the road, the most important thing to do is remain calm so that you can rationally think through the safest […]

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Know before you go: Who’s in my car?

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The busy days of summer are here, putting more cars on the road and drivers behind the wheel. But before you get into the driver’s seat, ask yourself—who’s in my car? It sounds funny, but it’s important to be aware of who you’re driving with. Not only are you battling more-congested-than-normal roadways this summer (see […]

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Why We’re all Guilty of Distracted Driving Behaviors

[eDriving's contributory teen writer Grace Keller talks about why we're all guilty of distracted driving behaviors and shares her own methods for avoiding distractions behind the wheel. Read Grace's Drivers Ed Diary here.] Though I may be young for someone driving, I feel it’s important for me to set one thing straight. It’s one thing to […]

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Facts About Distracted Driving: Tips From a Teen

[Written by eDriving's contributing teen writer Amy Tarczynski, who shares some key facts about distracted driving, along with her personal advice for staying focused on the road. Read Amy's last article about getting her drivers license.] April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This year, especially, road safety ought to be everyone’s top priority. 2016 brought a staggering 40,000 […]

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Mindful Driving: Simple Intentions for Coping with Stress on the Road

[Written by contributing writer Amy Tarczynski.] Mindfulness. Perhaps you know about it, or maybe it’s that term you have heard thrown around in your yoga class. If you’re not yet familiar, it’s a simple concept. Basically, it’s about bringing your attention to the current moment and simply recognizing what is going on around you and […]

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Hands off your phone! The distracted driving law is getting tougher in California

Recently, a new law was signed in by California Governor Jerry Brown, which makes it ‘an offense to drive while holding and operating a cellphone or electronic communications device’. What does this mean? It means that if you so much as pick up your phone while driving, you’ll be breaking the law. Here’s what you need to […]

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Lead by example: A parent’s guide to modeling good driving behavior

[This article is being published in support of National Teen Driver Safety Week. If you have any comments or have a story to share about this topic, please send them to] Do you know how long you have been teaching your child about driving? From the moment your child began to observe the world […]

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