One reason more teen drivers are hitting the road this year

In the last 10 years or so, fewer teens are getting their licenses. Be it costly driver’s-ed fees, high fuel costs, or the preference for social networking over in-person hangouts, it's common for teens to postpone car ownership.

According to a study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), economic...

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3 quick winter driving tips for teens (and adults, too)

From one of our recent PEMCO Northwest Polls, we know that motorists are generally uneasy about driving in the snow. Only one-quarter (26%) of those polled say they’re very comfortable navigating in slippery conditions.

Where does that leave the rest of us? We’re likely uncomfortable or...

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3 ways to avoid being the “disabled vehicle, middle lane”

When I first learned to drive, my biggest fear was breaking down in a middle lane of I-5, all alone with nowhere to go, while causing a 7-mile backup. Add a few inches of rainfall to that equation, and that’s my worst nightmare.

Since I feared the middle lane, I often ended up hugging either shoulder...

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Driving simulators focus on common teen errors

With distracted driving so prevalent among teens, any new approach to training is welcomed. We’re seeing driver education leverage technology more and more with apps, interactive driving schools, and even driving report cards sent by the family smart car.

Although apps and smart cars are helping to...

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One teen’s unconventional driving feat

Working trot. Loop serpentine. Halt and salute. These maneuvers probably don’t sound familiar to you as you recall your driving test. But for one New Hampshire teen, the definition of driving is just a little different.

Swapping keys for reins, 16-year-old Ben Swatko recently earned an American...

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5 gift ideas for the newly licensed driver

by Sharlyn Petit

Whether it’s the holidays or that milestone 16th birthday, some corner of a teen driver’s mind is holding onto the idea of that giant-bow-on-the-roof present poised in the driveway. (Yes, they really sell those giant bows to the public.)

Let’s help curb that new-car desire with a few...

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Mom creates driving app to “ground” teens’ phones

by Sharlyn Petit
     We hear the statistics on the dangers of distracted driving time and again. Like, 7 in 10 people performing some sort of smartphone activity while driving. Or, in 58% of teen crashes, the driver being inattentive or engaged in a non-driving activity.
     That’s a lot of distracted...

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4 ways to overcome red-light, slick-hill panic

by Sharlyn Petit
    
There’s a particular hill on my daily commute that gets my heart pumping and in panic mode. Why? It’s slick and steep, with a perfectly positioned stoplight at the crest that more often than not is red on my approach.
     Either I’m first at the stoplight (and the first to...

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How many of us are distracted by smartphones while driving?

by Sharlyn Petit
     With our daylight hours dwindling this fall, I’m noticing more and more drivers illuminated by the glow of a smartphone while waiting at a stoplight, or worse, while driving.
     Research from AT&T shows that smartphone use while driving grows beyond texting to include...

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Best used cars for teens – is yours on the list?

by Sharlyn Petit
    
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released an updated list of recommended used vehicles for teen drivers. The good news: parents looking for a safe and affordable vehicle have more choices than just a year ago.
     The list has grown by 50 percent over...

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