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October 17, 2016

Teen Driver Safety Week: Teens Apping While Driving

1-istock-teen_driverAlthough teens say they think using apps while driving is "dangerous," tests show that they still feel driving while apping is not "distracting."

"We were surprised to find a disconnect between the dangers associated with 'apping' while driving, while a majority see 'texting' as dangerous," says Dr. William Horrey, Ph.D., principal research scientist at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Research Institute for Safety. Horrey notes that app interaction is like texting; it requires both visual and mental attention as well as physical manipulation.

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October 13, 2016

Another Way to Protect Your Car's Passengers: Window Tinting

Window_tinting-iStock_47033532-RobertsGalleriesEver since I became a mother more than 20 years ago, I've recognized the value of having tinted windows. Once you start driving around with kids in the car, the importance of keeping the sun off their little faces becomes pretty much a no-brainer.

I've lived in the San Fernando Valley for 30 years now. Aside from places like Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; and Orlando, Florida; the valley ranks pretty high as a Hellhole between June and August when the summer sun blazes at its hottest. It doesn't take long for a car's interior to climb to oven-like temperatures, and when you're toting a baby around, that heat can be more than inconvenient: It can be downright dangerous, especially to small children whose little bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s.

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September 27, 2016

Safe Driving Tops List of Concerns for Parents of Teens

Teen_driver_safety-distracted_driving-iStock_000087311727-fizkesChevrolet recently commissioned a Harris Poll of parents with teenagers from 13 to 17 years old to find out how seriously they are concerned about their teens' driving. According to the survey, parents with teens worry more about their child driving (55 percent) than any other area of parental stress, including drugs and alcohol (52 percent), sexual activity (49 percent), and academic performance (53 percent).

It doesn't take a Harris Poll to know that parents always want their kids to be as safe as possible, so Chevrolet offers Teen Driver Technology on 10 of its 2017-model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs to help encourage safe driving practices. Teen Driver is a non-subscription-based service currently available on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and Volt.

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September 26, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Prepare for a Flat Tire!


Even if you have a roadside assistance program, be sure to have your teen driver practice changing a tire, so she will be prepared in case of emergency.

A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of drivers on the road today have experienced a flat tire, and the majority of Americans (68 percent) indicated that changing a tire on the side of a busy road is the biggest safety hazard of a flat tire. Make sure your student isn’t one of them!

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Engineering Easier Installation for Child Safety Seats

Toyota_IIHS_LATCH_01_20CD7BECFAF9B17424EF9181C42CF73901D20644_lowAs parents, we always want to ensure our children are as safe as possible when riding in a car. I may have been considered a bit of an over-protective parent, but my number-one rule was that all passengers HAD to be properly buckled in to their safety seats or wearing their seatbelts. And no, the armrest is NOT a place to seat your child! 

In 2015, IIHS established the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) rating program to encourage automakers to design LATCH hardware that meets specific ease-of-use criteria. While child restraints can be installed properly using vehicle safety belts, using the LATCH system is intended to make correct installation easier for parents. 

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September 23, 2016

Pedestrians Beware, We Don’t Always See You!

Pedstrian_crossing-iStock_27378656-s-PinkBadgerThe fact that I love driving is a given, considering my automotive background. However, for five years I lived in downtown Toronto and was more often a pedestrian than a driver.

As many of you may know, driving in Toronto has its challenges and parking is expensive; also, driving can be a little overwhelming at times with so much going on around us. So I found it easier to either take public transit or walk to wherever I was going.

As a pedestrian I felt like everyone driving should be “seeing” me as I was crossing the road. What I came to realize is that many drivers don’t see pedestrians and that pedestrians shouldn’t be so sure of being “seen.”

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#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Tire Tips For Your Teen Driver


Take the time to teach your teen about proper tire care.

Tires are the only part of a vehicle making direct contact with the road, so it’s critical to make sure they are road-ready. Bridgestone's safety slogan encourages drivers to "inflate, rotate, and evaluate."

• Inflate: To check tire inflation, use a tire pressure gauge to make sure your tires have the proper inflation pressure. A lot of people mistakenly think that the correct inflation pressure is on the tire’s sidewall, but that’s not correct. What’s listed on the sidewall is the maximum inflation pressure for the tire, and not necessarily what’s appropriate for the load carrying capacity of a particular vehicle. To find the proper tire inflation pressure for your vehicle, refer to the placard that’s located in the driver’s side doorjamb or your vehicle owner’s manual. Tire pressure should be checked at least once each month, as tires can lose one psi (pounds per square inch) of pressure under normal operation. Also, for every 10 degree drop in temperature, tires lose one psi. Proper tire inflation pressure is critical for safety, maximum performance and fuel efficiency.

• Rotate: Have your tires rotated and balanced every 5,000 to 7,000 miles (check your vehicle owner’s manual for specific vehicle manufacturer recommendations).

• Evaluate: Continually evaluate your tire’s tread depth to make sure you have enough traction to grip the road. The penny test is a simple way to do this. Just place a penny upside down in the tire’s tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you should be good to go. If not, it may be time for a new set of tires.

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September 21, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: General Driving Tips


Driving is a privilege, not a right.

Always wear a seat belt.
Clicking your seat belt takes a matter of seconds, and it’s your best defense in an accident — not to mention it’s the law. Yet, around 53% of teen drivers killed in car accidents are not wearing one; sadly, compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, according to

Talk to your teen about the anti-lock braking system (ABS).
There are times that all drivers need to brake quickly. For new drivers, the sensation created in the brake pedal when the ABS kicks in can come as a bit of a surprise. Make sure that your teen driver is familiar with ABS and not startled by it. In sudden braking situations, you always want to apply the maximum amount of brake as soon as possible.

Understand braking distance.
It’s important for teens to understand that braking distance grows exponentially with the car’s speed. For example, doubling your speed more than doubles your stopping distance. Always brake earlier than you think you need to.

Learn what to do in a skid.
The first thing you teach your teen driver is to look where she wants the car to go and take her foot off the accelerator. This will help the tires regain traction and get her going in the right direction.

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September 19, 2016

Automatic Parking: New Advances from Chrysler

1_down_the_road-park_assist__chryslerParking is getting easier than ever thanks to advanced automatic parking features. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launched parking features just a few years ago and is adding new features.

"Since its release Parallel/Perpendicular ParkSense has been a success. It's one of those 'surprise and delight' features where drivers are surprised when they have the feature and are totally delighted when they see how it works," said Adam Chiapetta, senior manager of driver assistance at FCA. ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist and ParkSense rear park assist with stop are available on select Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Fiat models.

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#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Teen-Proof Your Car


Help your teen plan for the unexpected.

Encourage your teens to make a playlist before they hit the road.
Distracted driving isn’t limited to texting behind the wheel. Channel surfing the radio can be a big distraction, as well. Remind your teens to make a playlist in advance and keep the volume at a moderate level so they can always hear what’s going on around them.

Program your GPS before you drive away.
Navigation systems can really help young drivers find their way in new neighborhoods, but it's important to set the destination before hitting the road. Make sure your teen driver knows how to use the navigation system -- whether it's a feature on the car or a mobile app on their phone -- so they won't be distracted while driving. Getting lost can be irritating, so be sure to pull over to check the nav so the annoyance won't become a safety issue.

Pack a roadside emergency kit:
Should your teen end up stuck, make sure they’re prepared: A flash light, portable cell phone charger, granola bars, bottled water, jumper cables, first aid kit, and blanket are all good things to have on hand should something unexpected occur.

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