texting while driving

Disturbing New Study On Teen Driving Behavior

Safe Kids Worldwide an organization devoted to child safety along with the General Motors Foundation recently released a survey on teen driving behavior. In talking with 1,000 teens, they discovered, among other things that:

  • One in four teens don’t wear seat belts.
  • Teens who don’t wear seat belts are more likely to say that they text while driving than those who do.
  • Thirty-nine percent of teens say they have ridden with a teen driver who was texting.
  • More than half have ridden in a car with a parent who was using a cellphone.
  • Forty-nine percent of teens feel unsafe when riding with a teen driver.

Read more: Research Report: Teens in Cars

Most dangerous road

Ask The Driving School Instructor: Most Dangerous Type Of Road

Question: What is the most dangerous type of road to drive on?

Answer: Most people assume, because of the high speeds involved, that interstates or freeways are the most dangerous type of road but they aren’t. The most dangerous type of roads for all drivers but especially for teens are two-lane country or rural roads. Fifty-seven percent of teens killed in traffic crashes die on rural roads.

The reason that rural roads are so dangerous is that they are usually narrow and tend to curve and wind and can also be hilly. These types of roads leave very little room for escape in an emergency. At night they can be especially dangerous because it is hard to see curves or other hazards ahead.

Often drivers drive too fast on these roads and, even though there are usually signs pointing out a curve ahead, they enter the curve at too high a speed and can’t keep the car on the road. If a driver is distracted and drives off the side of the road, there is usually little or no room to recover. Drivers also can become frustrated when stuck behind slower vehicles ahead and that may lead them to take stupid chances such as passing in a no-passing zone where they can’t see the road ahead.

Alcohol-related crashes

Even Just One Drink Is Too Much

Even one drink is to much according to a study by the University of California San Diego that looked at crash data from 1994 to 2011 involving over 570,000 collisions. The study found that drivers who had a Blood Alcohol Content as low as 0.01 percent were 46 times more likely to be blamed in a crash. Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140116084842.htm

Drunk driving and prison

Woman Speaks On Consequences Of Drunk Driving Before Entering Prison

A young Texas woman who faces 15 years in prison for a drunk  driving crash that took the life of a 19 year old man shares her story in hopes that others may learn from her mistake. Read more: Woman shares story before heading to prison for deadly DWI crash

Safer driving attitude

Ask The Driving School Instructor: Parking During The Driving Exam

Question: Will I have to parallel park during my driving exam?

Answer: As far as Florida driving tests go, parallel parking is rarely tested however; you will be required to pull into a parking space marked by traffic cones on either side. If you hit one of the cones either when pulling into the space or backing out, it will be considered as an automatic failure. Remember to use your turn signal to indicate which way you will be turning when entering or backing out of a parking space. You will also be tested on where to turn your wheels when parking on a hill, with or without a curb. Since Florida doesn’t have too many hills to perform this maneuver on, you may just have to explain to the driving examiner how you would turn your wheels when parking on a hill.