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AskPatty's #Prom Driving Safety Tips

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 8th, 2016 4:02pm

May and June are peak season for attending Proms and graduation parties, but don't let a fun celebration turn into a tragic teen statistic. Teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Even worse, according to teendriversource.org, the fatal crash rate of 16-year olds is nearly twice as high at night, while 58 percent of teen nighttime crashes happen between 9pm and midnight. Since it’s definitely an ...


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Identifying the Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers 2014

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 23rd, 2014 8:00am

Now that summer season is here, it's a good time to recognize that more teens will be obtaining their licenses during this time than other times of the year. More than ever, it is imperative to take precautionary measures to ensure teens’ safety behind the wheel. Because more teens obtain their driver’s licenses during the summer than any other season, their parents’ auto expenses also rise accordingly. The personal ...


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Allstate America's Teen Driving Hotspots Study Finds Locations of Most Deadly Crashes

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 11th, 2008 2:58pm

Metro areas in the southern US scored lowest in an Allstate study that identifies “hotspots” where fatal teen driving crash rates are highest. The study’s release kicks off Allstate’s “Action Against Distraction” safe teen driving program. The study found that the 10 deadliest places among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas are in the southern US. The deadliest metro areas ...


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Back By Popular Demand: 2008 Bridgestone Safety Scholars Video Contest For Teens

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 4th, 2008 9:29pm

What do robots with road rage and text-messaging nutcracker dolls have in common? They were the stars of the teen-created winning videos of the 2007 Safety Scholars Video Contest sponsored by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The company is again turning to America's teens for solutions presented in a creative format to help make roads safer for everyone. Bridgestone Firestone has just launched the ...


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Improve Teen Driver Safety with 'Rookie Driver' Symbol

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 15th, 2007 7:00pm

Many parents feel defenseless in safeguarding their teenagers when they begin driving. There is one simple, yet important component often overlooked in improving teen driving safety: Identify the new driver's car. Parents can increase awareness of their teen driver by identifying their vehicle with a standardized 'rookie driver' symbol, advises Corinne Fortenbacher, president of Rookie DriverNet. The car ...


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Teen Drivers: Track Them or Trust Them?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 8th, 2007 1:30pm

Auto insurance companies have started offering devices for parents to monitor teen driving habits. Services include in-car cameras or global positioning devices. The intent? Reducing teen accidents. We all know that insurance is higher for teens because they tend to get in more accidents. But is looking over their shoulder the right solution? Teen fatality rates are four times higher than most drivers over 25. And with ...


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6000 Teen Drivers Die Each Year

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 7th, 2007 7:56pm

Sometimes, when I'm watching TV, I am so moved by some small fact on a show or during a commercial that I must get up immediately to research the subject. I saw a commercial just now from Allstate Insurance that shows a long line of vehicles driving on the highway towards the viewer; as we watch, we see that each car is filled with carefree teenagers. My first impression was how much I liked the music, and that once ...


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This Just In: California Governor Bars Cellphone Use By Teen Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 17th, 2007 7:09pm

According to an article at the Los Angeles Times, California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation that will prohibit Californians under 18 from using cellphones, text message devices, and laptop computers while driving. The new law, which will take effect July 1, 2008, is meant to address the large number of traffic accidents resulting in deaths and injuries, Schwarzenegger said during a signing ...


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Cars are Dangerous

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 1st, 2007 5:41pm

I started my professional career more than 20 years ago as a typesetter working for Guns & Ammo Magazine. Quite frequently, when people heard where I worked, the group would divide into a pro-firearms/anti-gun debate, in which I was often accusingly asked "Would you have a gun in your house with children?!" My response was, "Well, I have car keys, bleach, and kitchen knives." My opinion on ...


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Safety Tips For New Drivers Headed Back To School

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 29th, 2007 7:00pm

Is your teen driving to school for the very first time this year? As a parent you probably feel proud, relieved, and a maybe even little concerned, especially upon learning that the first six months of unsupervised driving are the most dangerous for new teen drivers. So what's the best advice parents can give their teens as they give them the keys to the car and watch them head out the door? "Don't drive ...


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