Dec 22

Teaching your teen to drive: Breaking down on the highway

Most people will have a car break down at least once during their driving years. Car problems can be frustrating, scary and dangerous, especially if they happen on a busy highway and you’re forced onto the shoulder. Talk to your teen about these scenarios, because knowing what to do – and where to stand as …

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Dec 17

Adventures in teen driving: How do you actually teach a teen to drive?

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Kathy Bernstein Harris is the Senior Manager for Teen Driving Initiatives at the National Safety Council. Follow Kathy as she shares her experiences teaching her own son to drive, from the perspective of a teen driving expert and a mom. How do you actually teach a teen to drive? Think about it. We’ve been at it for a …

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Dec 10

What you need to know about teens and drugged driving

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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month – the perfect time to talk to teens about the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, such as marijuana. Every year, drunk drivers of all ages are in about one-third of all of our country’s deadly car crashes. Not only is it illegal …

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Dec 03

Adventures in teen driving: Is my kid actually ready?

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Kathy Bernstein Harris is the Senior Manager for Teen Driving Initiatives at the National Safety Council. Follow Kathy as she chronicles her experiences teaching her own son to drive, from the perspective of a teen driving expert and a mom. Like most parents with teen drivers, I’m scared to death. Even so, I do want my son …

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Nov 26

Teach your teen to be safe this Thanksgiving

The National Safety Council estimates 418 deaths and 44,700 medically consulted injuries may occur on our nation’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. Obviously a single death or injury on our roadways is unacceptable, and we know our youngest …

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Nov 19

Adventures in teen driving: Am I Coach Ditka or Coach Lovey?

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Kathy Bernstein Harris is the Senior Manager for Teen Driving Initiatives at the National Safety Council. Follow Kathy as she shares her experiences teaching her own son to drive, from the perspective of a teen driving expert and a mom. Sometimes I wonder what type of coach I’ll be when I’m teaching Declan to drive. Up until now, …

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Nov 13

Report: teen license plate decals work

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In May 2010, New Jersey became the first state to require new teen drivers to affix a red decal to their license plates. The decals help police identify teens who are driving under state provisions that limit high-risk behaviors, including driving with young passengers and driving at night. The law is called Kyleigh’s Law, and …

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Nov 05

Adventures in teen driving: What’s my coaching style?

Kathy Bernstein Harris is the Senior Manager for Teen Driving Initiatives at the National Safety Council. Follow Kathy as she shares her experiences teaching her own son to drive, from the perspective of a teen driving expert and a mom. So…this teaching-my-son-to-drive thing promises to challenge me in new ways. I’m a mom who tends …

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Oct 29

Infographic: Why teens aren’t buckling up

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Unlike many adults, teens have grown up with mandatory seat belt laws, and most have always ridden in cars with a seat belt for every single passenger. National seat belt usage rates are nearly 90 percent. Buckling up is one of the single most important things we can do to keep ourselves safe. Sadly, this …

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Oct 22

Adventures in teen driving with Kathy Bernstein Harris: My kid doesn’t have a chance

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Kathy Bernstein Harris is the Senior Manager for Teen Driving Initiatives at the National Safety Council. Follow Kathy as she shares her experiences teaching her own son to drive, from the perspective of a teen driving expert and a mom. Allow me to introduce myself. By day, I’m Kathy Bernstein, senior manager of teen driving initiatives for the …

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