Cool Kids

Nerds Rule! – Study Shows “Cool Kids” More Likely To Become Criminals

In a study published in the journal Child Development, researchers followed 180 13 year olds for ten years. The results showed that the “cool” kids were more likely to have drug and alcohol problems, difficulty forming long lasting relationships and generally burned out by age 22. Read more: Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years


Marijuana An Increasing Factor In Fatal Crashes

Columbia University researchers studying almost 24,000 driving fatalities determined that marijuana use was a factor in 12% of fatal crashes in 2010; a rate three times higher than a decade ago. Read more: Marijuana playing larger role in fatal crashes

Teen driving

Ask The Driving School Instructor: Why is it illegal for teens to drive late at night?

Question: Why is it illegal for teens to drive late at night? With fewer cars on the road it seems like it would be safer.
Answer: The short answer is that teen death rates skyrocket during those hours. There are several reasons for this. One is the lack of driving experience hasn’t exposed young drivers to all the possible hazards they might encounter on the roads and night time driving has its own particular types of hazards. The most obvious hazard is that it’s dark and it’s hard to see things on the road. Another is that there are many more drunks on the road at that time of night and a drunk driver, when confronted with bright lights will tend to drive toward the lights making it difficult to avoid a crash. The third reason is that people are tired and studies show that teens especially, with their busy schedules, don’t get all the sleep they need. Add distracting teen passengers and speed to that mix and the hazards multiply. The graduated driving laws are designed to ease teen drivers into the driving situation and allow them to gain driving experience before being allowed to drive with no restrictions.

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Allstate Launches New AppTo Monitor Teen Driving Behaviors

Allstate Insurance has launched a new smartphone app for its customers to “identify and teach safe driving behaviors” in teen drivers. The app, called “Star Driver” is different from most teen driver monitoring system in that it used the smartphone rather than a plug-in module for the vehicle. This app follows the previously released app, “Drivewise” that all Allstate customers can use to receive feedback on safe driving behaviors and “earn rewards”. Read more: Allstate Launches Star Driver® to Help Protect Young Drivers

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Summer Months Are Most Dangerous For Teen Drivers

Now that the summer is here, it’s important to remember the dangers faced by teen drivers during the summer months. Traffic fatality statistics have long shown that the death rate for teens rises significantly for teen drivers and their passengers during the summer months. Twenty nine percent of all the teen drivers age 15 to 20 who were killed in traffic collisions in 2012 were killed during the months of June, July, and August. Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the most dangerous time for teen drivers.

With up to three months of largely free, unsupervised time on their hands, teens have many more chances to get into trouble while driving.

Parents can be pro-active in preventing their child from becoming a summertime driving statistic in a number of ways:

  • If this is your teen’s first summer with an operator’s license, consider limiting their driving time.
  • Set consistent curfews and enforce them.
  • Limit the number of passengers your teen can carry.
  • Prevent your teen from riding as a passenger of a teen driver with more than one other passenger.
  • Ban not only texting but any type of cell phone use while driving; they must pull over and stop to use a cell phone.
  • Ensure that your teen gets plenty of sleep.
  • Give the teens chores or suggest a summer job to keep them busy and off the road.

To help ensure that your rules are followed, negotiate a “teen driving contract” with your teen. Make sure that the rules are clear and the consequences for breaking them are well understood.