Unlikely Partnership Against Drunk Driving
April 7, 2014
A Tennessee mother who lost her son in a drunk driving crash has formed a partnership with the drunk driver who killed her son to spread the word on the dangers of drunk driving. She has also started an organization called “1N3” that points out that one in three of us will be affected by drunk driving at some point in our life. Read more: Mother and drunk driver who killed her son team up
Photo: WCRB TV News Chattanooga, TN
Graduated Driver License Calculator
April 6, 2014
Graduated Driver License Laws (GDL) were created so that teen drivers can gain the driving experience they need to survive a crash. Laws that limit the hours they drive and the number of passengers they can carry have proven to be life savers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety created this calculator to show which states have the strongest laws for protecting teen drivers. By plugging in your state, you can see what GDL laws are in place and how they stack up to the states with the strongest laws. Read more: GDL crash reduction calculator
Another Reason To Keep Teen Boys And Girls Separate
April 6, 2014
A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows that, teen boys and girls act differently when a member of the opposite sex is in the car vs. riding with peers of the same sex. No surprise there! However, the types of behaviors they engage in can increase their chances for a crash. Read more: How Gender Affects the Behavior of Teen Drivers
Ask The Driving School Instructor: Who has the right-of-way?
April 2, 2014
Question: I was making a right hand turn at a red light and was hit by someone turning left from the other lane. Who should have had the right-of-way?
Answer: Actually, no one automatically has the right-of-way. In a crash investigation, the police will try to determine which driver should have yielded the right-of-way to another and assign blame accordingly. A lot of drivers make the mistake of proceeding because they feel they have the right-of-way and wind up in a crash. The law says that every driver must do everything possible to avoid a collision. That means, even though you feel you may have the right-of-way, giving up the right-of-way to another driver who is trying to take it is the only safe option. You can’t take the right-of-way; you can only give it up to another driver.
In this case, if the driver making a left turn had a green turn light, then he had what is known as a “protected turn” and you should have yielded the right-of-way to him. If you both had had a green light, then he should have yielded to you. If you can’t see his light, then you should wait to make sure that he will remain in place and that you will have enough time and space to make your turn safely.
The important thing is to realize that both of you had the responsibility to avoid the collision. If you are going to assume anything about the intentions of another driver, then assume that they will do the worst possible thing and be prepared for it. Drivers need to signal their attentions, be aware of the actions of other drivers, and be prepared to stop.
Ask the Driving School Instructor: Trick questions during the DMV test?
March 31, 2014
Question: Will there be any trick questions when I take my behind-the-wheel test at the DMV?
Answer: No! Believe me when I tell you the license examiners are too busy to play games during the test. They have a list of basic maneuvers that the applicant has to complete and a long line of applicants waiting to take the test. They just need to see if you can complete the listed driving maneuvers safely after passing the written test. Continue Reading