Second Half of 100 Deadliest Days For Teens
July 18, 2014
We are halfway through the 100 deadliest days for teens; that period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when, according to the AAA, the chances for teens to be involved in a crash increase by 26%. Read more: Police, AAA team up to help keep teen drivers safe
Insurance Institute Lists Safe Used Cars For Teens
July 17, 2014
As we mentioned a few days ago, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that teens involved in fatal crashes were more likely to be driving a smaller, older, and less safe vehicle than adults of their parent’s age. Now the IIHS has come out with their recommendations for safe used vehicles for teens that are more likely to fit in a family’s budget. There are some surprises on the list. For more information, read: IIHS issues recommendations on used vehicles for teens
Teen Cars Usually Older, Less Safe
July 16, 2014
It’s understandable, there isn’t much money in the family budget to buy a new car for a teen driver. Teens usually get a hand-me-down vehicle or a cheap used car but parents need to be aware of the dangers inherent in those older vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), teens who die in crashes are more likely than adults of their parents age to be driving an older, smaller, less safe vehicle. Read more: Teenagers’ Cars Are Older, Smaller and Less Safe, Study Finds
Video Game Car Crashes Reach New Level
July 15, 2014
A small video game developer has taken computer generated car crashes to a new level. Combining car crash data, physics, and materials science, BeamNG has developed video game scenes with incredibly realistic car crashes. It’ll be hard to keep driving in a game with this level of damage. To see a video and learn more, read: Video-game wrecks get real
Ask The Driving School Instructor: Aggressive Driving VS Road Rage
July 14, 2014
Question: Is there a difference between aggressive driving and road rage?
Answer: There is definitely a difference between the two. Aggressive driving refers to drivers who seem to be in a great hurry and violate two or more traffic laws at the same time. For instance, an aggressive driver may speed and tailgate at the same time or speed and run a red light. Aggressive drivers are extremely dangerous and if you encounter one, you want to do whatever you can to safely get out of his or her way and let them pass.
While aggressive driving can lead to a road rage situation, being an aggressive driver doesn’t necessarily mean you will become a road rager. Road rage occurs when a driver, for whatever reason, becomes so angry at another driver that he or she wants to physically harm the other driver. Road rage is actually a form of temporary insanity where a driver becomes so enraged that they lose contact with reality and feel it is not only OK to harm another driver but that they can safely get away with it because they feel justified in their actions. Even normally safe drivers can allow themselves to be pushed over that psychological tipping point into a road rage situation if they feel that other drivers are taking advantage of them. Road rage situations happen on a weekly basis in the US and drivers have been killed in all 50 states in road rage incidents.
To avoid a road rage situation, you should be courteous to other drivers at all times. Here are some actions to take to avoid making other drivers angry:
- Never tailgate another driver
- Don’t speed but don’t drive slower than the speed limit either if the roadway is clear ahead.
- Stop at red lights and be ready to go, if the way is clear, as soon as the light turns green.
- Stay out of the left (passing) lane unless you are actually passing another vehicle and then move back to the right lane as soon as it is safe to do so.
- If someone wants to pass, help them by pulling slightly to the right and slowing a little to allow them to pass.
- If someone is tailgating you, let them pass by moving out of their way as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Don’t cut off another driver.
- Put down your cell phone and pay attention to the driving situation.
If you feel you may be in a road rage situation:
- Don’t stop your vehicle unless the traffic situation makes it impossible to move safely.
- Never get out of your vehicle or open your window to speak to the other driver.
- Call 911 immediately and tell them of your situation, make sure the other driver can see you on the phone.
- Don’t try to reason or argue with an enraged driver; they are past the ability to reason and they just want to harm you.