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Do You Have a Teen Driver? Here’s How You And Your Family Can Prepare

Obtaining a driver’s license and getting behind the wheel of the family car or their own is exciting for your teenager, while you may have many concerns and anxiety about road safety and auto insurance. Speak to an agent to help guide you through this life milestone, so you understand how to insure young drivers on their auto policies. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Certain steps must be agreed upon and fulfilled to gain and maintain that privilege. It is so important that new drivers grasp that concept and understand just how much maturity is needed to stay safe out there on the roads. Teens must realize and accept the newfound responsibilities that come with driving, and there are things that you can do to make this transition a smooth one. Stress the Importance of Practice Driving is not a skill that can be mastered quickly. Take an active role in teaching your child how to drive and give them as much behind-the-wheel time as possible.  Your teen’s driving school should provide experience with various types of road and traffic conditions and you should reinforce what they’ve learned outside of class as well. Having your teen practice in a car that is in good condition and good working order is important.  Make sure they know how to operate mirrors, knobs, seats, safety systems and other key features. Remember that everything should be adjusted before they put the vehicle in gear. Ban Electronic Devices Emphasize that your teen must never use their phone or any other type of electronic communication device while driving. Calls and text messages can wait until they’ve arrived to their destinations. Do you want their cell phone turned off while their driving?  Can they use Spotify in the car? Be sure to be very clear what rules they are expected to abide by. Reminder: do not call or text your child when you know they are driving. If you set a good example for them, they are more likely to follow along. Teach Responsibility and Maturity   Most teens are focused on the driver’s license itself and have no idea about what else goes into maintaining a vehicle. They should have a basic understanding of the maintenance involved with the vehicle; this includes things such as oil changes, tire rotations, new tires and proper fluid…
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Youthful Driver: Apps to Avoid Texting and Driving

Youthful Driver: Apps to Avoid Texting and Driving Texting and driving is fast becoming one of the most dangerous hazards of the road. According to Stop the Texts, over one million people chat and text while driving each day. A driver who texts while driving is twenty-three times more likely to get into an accident than a driver who doesn’t text. And, of those killed in distracted-driving accidents, 995 reports involved a cell phone. Eighteen percent of accident fatalities were distracted-related crashes. It isn’t a small population either. Forty-nine percent of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving. Technology is changing and the distractions within the car are more dangerous than ever. But, there are some apps that can help combat that problem. Here’s a list Mashable compiled on how to avoid texting and driving. AT&T DriveMode. Once the app is selected, all calls, texts, and emails are silenced- the app also blocks you from reading or typing anything. You do still have the option to make an emergency phone call, access your music playlist, and make calls with up to five people. DriveSafe.ly. Rather than blocking your text messages, this app reads your text messages and calls aloud so you don’t take your eyes off the road. It will automatically respond to recipients for you, either by voice or with pre-set responses. Textecution. This app uses GPS to determine the speed you’re driving at. If you are clocked at more than 10 mph, the app disables texting so you can’t receive or respond to texts. You will be able to unlock messages when going less than 10 mph. For extenuating circumstances (like traveling on a train for example), you can ask for permission from the admin, who can override the settings. DriveScribe. This app measures and evaluates your driving performance by giving you points based on how well you stay within the speed limit and obey traffic signs. Text-STAR. The goal of Text-STAR is to eliminate driving distractions. It senses motion, and disables texting when you drive over 10 mph. It also allows you to schedule auto reply texts if you know you’ll be busy or doing something else. The issue is especially prevalent with younger drivers. At A.J. Benet, we know how important it is to make sure your young drivers stay safe…
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