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AAA Insurance Monitors Teen Drivers With Onboard Gadget
AAA Insurance Monitors Teen Drivers With Onboard Gadget

Within the past year, we've seen at least two major companies launch programs that promise to lower insurance rates for customers willing to give up a little privacy. For better or worse, another has now joined the ranks: AAA. To recap: you've probably heard about Progressive's "Snapshot" program...Read More»

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More Americans Favor New Teen Driver Requirements

A new survey conducted by Allstate Insurance finds that a majority of Americans, nearly six in 10, favor a national law that establishes minimum requirements for state graduated driver licensing (GDL). That’s not all the survey finds, although the results may not be all that shocking. The...Read More»

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Need To Keep Tabs On Your Teen? OnStar Could Soon Help

Parents of teenagers have it rough -- the backtalk, the defiance, the growth spurts. Perhaps worst of all is having to worry about young, inexperienced drivers, but General Motors is working on an update to OnStar that could put parents' minds at ease. GM is testing a new OnStar service called...Read More»

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Ex-DOT Chiefs Want Federal Teen Driving Legislation

With possible legislative action in Congress this summer on a multi-year surface transportation authorization bill this summer, two former U.S. Department of Transportation officials are urging support for the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act, H.R. 1515 and S. 538...Read More»

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Share 'Faces Of Distracted Driving,' Hang Up This Holiday Weekend

If you're planning to be out on the highways this Memorial Day weekend, you'd best focus on keeping safe and focused on driving. Patrols are expected to step up enforcement not only for drunk-driving and speeding offenders, but also for those talking and texting behind the wheel. In 2009...Read More»

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Where Do Kids Learn To Text & Drive? Ford Survey Blames Mom & Dad

Ever wonder where kids pick up their unsafe driving habits? If you're a parent, Ford says that you may be the one to blame. Ford recently surveyed 908 people in the U.S.: 301 of those were tweens (age 9 - 12), 302 were teens (age 13 - 19), and 305 were parents of kids in those age ranges. The...Read More»

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Researchers: Distraction Aside, Teens Need More Driver Training

For new drivers, there's no substitute for serious instruction, in the classroom, on the road, and even on the track. The reason? Safety experts have told us, anecdotally in the past, that one major factor in teen accidents is that a significant portion of accidents chalk up to inexperience...Read More»

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Delay Teen Driving, Save On Insurance?

It’s a headline sure to cause a family revolt – if you have a teenager at or approaching driving age, that is. What parent would go so far as to delay their teen’s getting a driver’s license and driving? According to results from a just-released Nationwide Insurance survey...Read More»

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Cruze-ing To Vegas: Unique Chevy Twist In Connection With Billboard’s Battle Of The Bands

Recognize names like Grynch, Traphik, Butcher Bear and Charlie, Lightning Love, Decoder and The Cinnamon Fuzz? They’re just six of 18 unsigned bands selected by Billboard to compete for the final six spots in the 2011 Battle of the Bands. Chevrolet, long associated with Billboard, in the...Read More»

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U.S. Driver Training Schools – Are They Really That Bad?

When I spotted the press release from Mercedes-Benz about them launching a teen driving academy in the U.S. later this year – and then read Marty Padgett’s blog about it in FamilyCarGuide, I reminisced about my own experiences (way back when) taking driver’s training in high...Read More»

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Sprint Drive First Aims to Cut Distracted Driving

Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint and the wireless carrier’s widely-recognized TV “face,” took to the stage at the International CTIA WIRELESS – 2011 Show in Overland Park, Kansas March 22 to announce the company will launch Sprint Drive First, an app to combat distracted driving, in...Read More»

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Graduated Teen Licensing To Become Federally Mandated?

The days of unrestricted driver's licenses at age 16 are, for the most part, long gone. Yet not all states have acted to reel in teen drivers and help keep them safe. Now, the federal government is poised to step on what, some would argue, is each state's domain. A bill introduced to Congress this...Read More»

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Video: AT&T Debuts 'The Last Text' Documentary To Fight Distracted Driving

By now, everyone should know that texting and driving is a serious problem. Last year alone, nearly 5,500 people died in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, and the majority of those killed were under 20. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has made it his personal mission to end...Read More»

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Keeping Teens On Parents’ Policy Safer, More Affordable

If you’ll soon have a new teen driver in the household, you’ve probably already given some thought to what vehicle they’ll be driving. But have you thought about insurance? If you haven’t, you might be in for some sticker shock. And you should probably set aside some extra...Read More»

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It's Teen Driver Safety Week: Park The Phone And Drive

If you have new drivers or soon-to-be drivers in the house, they're likely the cause of much worry. Inexperience aside, considering the thousands of text messages teens send every month, how could they possibly put their phone down long enough to actually focus on driving? That's one of the themes...Read More»

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As Text-Addicted Teens Take To The Roads, Is More Trouble Ahead?

Unless we make some big changes in attitudes regarding cellphone use, there's trouble ahead. Why? Teens who are going to be of driving age this year or in the next few years are texting in record numbers. It's not just a stirring of interest; it's an explosion. On average, teen cellphone users are...Read More»

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Distracted Driving: LaHood Asks Automakers To Raise Awareness

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has asked automakers to do more to educate drivers on the hazards of talking or texting while driving. Certainly, LaHood and other safety officials are worried that devices, such as Ford's Sync interface, that make calling or texting easier from behind the...Read More»

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Graduated Licensing: Does It Defer The Recklessness Of Youth?

While a decade or more ago, teens were dreaming of the day they'd turn 16, get their first wheels, and be more social, today's teens are already connected and social at all hours—and perhaps more concerned with getting their next smartphone. Increasingly, teenagers are forgoing licenses...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Survey: Teens Admit To Distracted Driving And Know It's Risky

Teens know that talking, texting, and eating while driving are among many dangerous distractions. Despite that, the majority of teens do them, at least occasionally, anyway. According to a new survey conducted by Seventeen magazine and AAA, nearly nine of ten drivers (86 percent) have driven while...Read More»

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