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Factors That Influence Teens To Drink And Drive

Parents who are concerned about the possibility of their teen drinking and driving might want to take a look at this interesting infographic. It includes factors that may lead a teen to drink and drive but also what will keep a teen from drinking and driving. Read more: Surprising Factors that Can Increase Your Child’s Chances of Driving Drunk

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Hill Hopping; Dangerous And Stupid

Law enforcement authorities across the nation are warning against an incredibly dangerous practice known as “hill hopping” that is growing in popularity among young drivers. As the name implies, the practice consists of teen drivers driving over hills at a high rate of speed and going airborne as the vehicle crests the hilltop.

While this practice isn’t really new, videos posted on YouTube are helping to spread the word and encouraging more young drivers to give it a try. The practice is dangerous for a number of reasons:

  • Most of these hill hopping attempts occur on rural, two lane roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists two lane country roads as the most dangerous and deadly type of road. Two lane country roads are normally narrow and give no room for escape from an emergency situation. Intersections with other roads or driveways can be hidden by hills or trees and drivers entering the road may, at first, consider the roadway to be clear only to pull out and encounter a vehicle traveling over the crest of a hill at a high rate of speed.

  • Obviously, crashing to the ground after going airborne can’t be good for the car, the damage done to the vehicle occurs in those parts of the car that are most critical to vehicle control. The suspension system can be damaged leading to less control in curves or turns. The steering mechanism can also be damaged or broken leading to total loss of control.

  • Most people don’t realize that the tires are the most important control device on the vehicle. The steering wheel and brakes don’t do much good if the tires aren’t in contact with the road. One hill hopping YouTube video shows an older model Buick cresting a hill at a high rate of speed and remaining airborne for more than two seconds and traveling more than 50 feet before crashing down on its rear wheels. Once the tires lose contact with the road surface, there is no way to control where and when the vehicle will land or at what angle/attitude.

  • Hard landings can throw the driver around allowing him or her to lose their grip on the wheel or to lose contact with the foot pedals at a time when control is most critical. If the driver and passengers aren’t wearing seat belts, they can be violently thrown into the dashboard, against the windows, or ejected from the vehicle.

Parents need to drive home the idea that thrill rides need to be limited to amusement parks and have no place on the roadway.

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Esurance Introduces Free Device to Limit Cell Phone and Texting

Esurance, an online insurance company that is a subsidiary of Allstate Insurance has announced a new program that allows parents of teen drivers to install a device that prevents texting and limits the numbers that a teen driver can call.

The program, known as Esurance Drive Safe, provides the device to customers free of charge; it does not however reduce the insurance rate.

According to the Esurance website, the program works like this:

“Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you a telematics device free of charge with step-by-step instructions on how to get started. Continue Reading

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Rear Ending A Police Car While Texting; Not A Good Move

A Witchita driver had a partially completed text on his cell phone when he rear-ended a police car at 60 mph. The cruiser had its emergency lights flashing and thankfully, the police officer wasn’t in the cruiser at the time. Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/04/20/1816385/traffic-snarled-by-wreck-involving.html

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Top Ten Bad Driving Habits By Teens

When teens first start learning to drive, they are usually very careful and willing to listen to advice but, once they get their operator’s license and start driving on their own, some seem to think that all the rules and safe driving advice were just for the driving exam and no longer apply to them. That attitude quickly turns to tragedy for some with an average of six teens killed and 493 injured in traffic crashes every day. More than half of all teen crashes are single vehicle crashes, meaning that, due to high speed or distractions, the teen ran off the road and crashed; no other cars were involved.

The following list of bad teen driving habits isn’t in any particular order. One could be just as bad as another but separately or combined, they are all dangerous.

1. Driving distracted One of the biggest hazards on the road today is distracted driving. We’ve all heard about the dangers of texting and cell phone use but there are other distractions as well, such as;

  • Paying more attention to passengers than to the road ahead.
  • Eating and drinking
  • Loud music
  • Applying makeup
  • Looking at things out the window instead of at the road.
  • Adjusting the radio or loading CDs

All of these distractions can take your eyes off the road just long enough for a dangerous problem to creep up unnoticed. Continue Reading