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September 21, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: General Driving Tips

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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 CDC.gov.

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

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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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September 16, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Keep an Eye Out for Bicyclists

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On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see.

Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. According to the National Safety Council, The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

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September 14, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips For School Bus Safety

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According to the National Safety Council, school buses keep more than 17 million cars away from school buildings every day.

While school buses are the safest way for students to travel, but children also need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury. NSC urges parents to teach their children the following safety rules for getting on and off the bus, and for exercising good behavior while riding.

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September 12, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Sharing the Road with School Buses

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It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

Although drivers are required by law to stop for a school bus when it's loading or unloading passengers, they often don't, so be sure to remind your bus-riding children to always be alert for vehicles moving around the bus as they load and unload.

Also, if you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.

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September 09, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Watch for Young Pedestrians

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Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Here are some precautions drivers can take to help keep children safe:

  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you. This could put them in the path of moving traffic.
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
  • Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

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September 07, 2016

#AskPatty #BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Know Your Drop-Off Rules


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Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids.

More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program. The following rules should apply to all school zones:

  • Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
  • Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
  • Carpooling isn't just convenient, it also works to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

Get more #BackToSchool #Safety Tips for Drop Off from the National Safety Council.

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#AskPatty's Ten #SafetyTips for #BackToSchool

AskPatty-backtoschool-safety_tips-01-SchoolDays-know_your_drop_off_rules-LEADMore school-age pedestrians are killed during the hour before and after school than any other time of day, according to NHTSA. In fact, SafeRoutesInfo.org reports that more children are hit by cars near school than at any other location.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in fall 2016, approximately 50.4 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools.  And upcoming high school junior and senior students have begun driving themselves to high school for the first time, too. You can try your best, but there’s no way you can prepare students for everything they'll find on the road ahead during the upcoming school year.

AskPatty joins with the National Safety Council. and Bridgestone's "Teens Drive Smart" program to share a collection of ten must-know safety tips back to school season. They're helpful for everybody, whether they're walking, young drivers, or even parents during this important season. We'll be posting them over the course of the month, so keep an eye out for them throughout September. Or if you can't wait, you can get all ten #BackToSchool #SafetyTips here at AskPatty.com 

September 06, 2016

Research: 2016's Strictest & Most Lenient States on High-Risk Drivers

WalletHub_strictest_states_US_mapToday's American drivers spend more than 18 hours per week in our cars (over 17% of our waking hours), according to data from Nielsen and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Besides such regular costs as gas prices and upkeep, bad behavior on the road can have costly consequences for your wallet, to speeding tickets and even deadly accidents. And, as your amount of time in your car increases, so do the risks of an accident increase.

Since we all have an interest in keeping the roads safe, WalletHub recently released an in-depth analysis of 2016's Strictest & Most Lenient States on High-Risk Drivers, in which they identified the states that are most serious about ensuring the well-being of motorists.

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