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Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Teens

Halloween is one holiday that can be either incredibly innocent and fun or completely reckless and dangerous, especially for teenagers. Once kids have outgrown the trick-or-treating days of dressing up like their favorite cartoon characters, they often develop a spirit of adventure that leads them into trouble on the most famous night for pranks, stunts and general mayhem. Thus, when it comes to making sure their teens stay safe on October 31, it’s important to talk with them about the evening and what it will entail. First, it’s important that parents know the details of their teen’s evening including where they will be and when, who will be with them and how they can be reached. Other details including the presence of alcohol and method of transportation are also key. Parents, it’s your right and responsibility to establish rules for and with your teen in order to ensure their safety, so don’t be afraid to put your foot down if you feel uncomfortable with any situati ... read more

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Model Behavior: How Parents Influence Their Teens’ Driving Habits

Last month, a new study from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) revealed alarming details regarding just how influential a parent’s driving habits are when it comes to the way teenage drivers handle themselves behind the wheel. According to the survey, which polled 1,700 teens from across the nation, parents are engaging in poor and risky driving habits while their teens are in the car and doing far more than just putting their families at risk. With behaviors ranging from texting to speeding to driving while intoxicated, parents are setting poor examples for their teenage drivers, who are proving to repeat the actions of their parents in nearly equal amounts. Not surprisingly, the most common destructive driving behavior modeled by parents was talki ... read more

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Driving at Night: Tips to Keep You Safe After Dark

Here in Illinois, fall is in full swing. The leaves are changing colors, football highlights dominate the evening sports broadcast, temperatures are falling and both Cubs and White Sox fans are saying, “Maybe next year.” It’s a beautiful time of year for family gatherings, outdoor events and cozy nights, especially with the sun setting earlier every day. As the days shorten, though, motorists are also discovering that they have to spend more time driving while it’s dark. And for many folks—young and old—it means added anxiety behind the wheel and an increased probability for accidents. Statistics show that despite 60 percent less traffic on the road roughly half of all fatal car accidents happen at night with a fatality rate per mile of travel about three times higher than during the daytime hours. Some of the reasons for these accidents include decreased visibility and perception, higher numbers of drunk and drowsy drivers on the road, and a greater number of motorists wi ... read more

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The Power of Parenting

There’s good news for the American family. According to a study conducted by two economists from the University of California, San Diego, the amount of time parents are spending with their kids today has risen dramatically when compared to earlier generations. The study, which analyzed how Americans used their time during different periods from 1965 to 2007, revealed that, since the mid-1990s, the level of parental involvement with their children had almost doubled for both men and women, working or not. And at D&R Autoworks, we couldn’t be more pleased. Research has shown that children whose parents take an active role in their lives experience tremendous benefits—emotionally, mentally and physically. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, teens whose parents are present when they go to bed, wake up and come home from school are less likely to experience emotional distress, as are those who engage in activities with their parents. Resear ... read more

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The I.C.E. Method: Emergency Contacts for Teen Drivers

Have you ever heard the term I.C.E.? Obviously we’re talking about more than just frozen water. When it comes to driver’s safety, I.C.E. means so much more than that. This three-letter acronym actually stands of In Case of Emergency, and it’s a simple abbreviation that can be life-saving in distressing situations—especially for teenage drivers. For the past few weeks, we at D&R Autoworks have been talking about teenage drivers and their safety on the road. As an auto service provider, it’s an issue that is close to our hearts, and we don’t like the statistics which show that thousands of our young men and women are losing their lives on the road every year. That’s why we’re addressing this issue from as many angles as we can. We care about our kids too much to not say anything at all. This week, we’re talking about that good ol’ I.C.E. If you’re a parent, you may have already heard about this method, and, if so, we’re happy that you’re using it. It’s such a hel ... read more

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Teenage Driving: What To Do After an Accident

Whether we want it to happen or not, it’s a real threat. Due to the number of car crashes among teenagers in America, it’s a very real possibility that your son or daughter may wind up being involved in one of the more than six million car crashes that take place in the United States every year, many of which are caused by or involve young men and women who are just learning the rules of the road. Of course, we hope this never happens to your child and that this blog post never needs to be put to use, but just in case it does, it’s best to be prepared. So, let us ask the question: Parents, do your children know what to do if they are involved in an auto accident? If not, it’s time to sit them down and help them understand the steps. First, the important thing is to try and stay calm. Yes, it’s going to be a scary situation. Prepare them for that. It’s going to be emotional, and it’s going to shake them up. That’s okay. The important thing is to keep a level hea ... read more

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Asleep at the Wheel

They’re constantly on the go, busy with school, sports, homework, jobs, friends and any number of extracurricular or volunteer activities. They are your teenagers, and they’re doing the best they can to prepare for life in a tough world and get a leg up on the future. And, if they’re not careful, they’ll run themselves ragged sacrificing on healthy living habits in order to achieve and do more. One of the first things to go in a teenager’s schedule is sleep. And, unfortunately, when this becomes a habit, it’s more than just their health that suffers; it’s their performance in every area from school to athletics to–yes–driving. According to research from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), teens who average less than eight hours of sleep a night are twice as likely to report falling asleep behind the wheel than those who had receive eight or more. The same research also indicates that 36 percent of teens often drive to sch ... read more

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Back to School

Teen Texting and Driving: Communication and Contracts

By now you should know that texting and driving is a serious, deadly problem. It’s an epidemic that is threatening the lives of drivers across the country—especially our teenagers. Because texting is a standard form of communication for this age group, the temptation to text while behind the wheel is high, and it’s not only hurting them, but also the drivers around them. As a parent, you probably agonize over this topic. How can you know that your son or daughter is being responsible and keeping his or her eyes on the road? How do you know if their friends are doing the same thing? Yes, restricting their phone use is a good way to handle it, but it doesn’t completely cut to the heart of the matter: responsibility. At D&R Autoworks, we are sincerely passionate about the subject of texting and driving, and we want our teenagers especially to be safe on the roads. And, as family men and women, we also want to help our parents out there handle the topic as best the ... read more

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Back in the Swing!

Back in the Swing!

School’s back in session once again, and we can almost hear the sounds. Groans from kids who miss the summer, bells ringing in crowded hallways, lockers slamming, computers clicking, and parents everywhere singing a hallelujah chorus. It’s a mixture of chaos and excitement, and it’s one of the liveliest times of year. In an effort to help our customers who have kids make it through the first week or two of school, we at D&R Autoworks want to offer a few tips that can help take the stress out of the new routine. It’s a challenging time, but it can be made easier by being prepared and intentional. First, it’s important to establish a routine. During those first few days, find your footing. Keep a good calendar for times, activities and events, and make sure your kids are aware of what each day holds. Do both them and yourself a favor by being in the know and ready for what’s ahead. This will help alleviate stress and lessen the opportunity for confusion and conflict ... read more

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School Crosswalk Safety

School Crosswalk Safety

It’s hard to believe that school will be starting in just a few days. As usual, summer flew by and we’ve found ourselves on the brink of another exciting semester! Kids everywhere are excited to use their new school supplies, and parents are grateful to have a little silence back in the house. At D&R Autoworks, we love our students and want to make sure they are safe and prepared for the year ahead. That’s why this month we’ve been blogging about matters other than auto issues. Instead, we’ve been doing what we can to help parents and kids get ready for school by using our car-minded wisdom to help prepare them for the year ahead. This week, we’re talking about crosswalk safety. Many schools have crossing guards who help kids make it from one side to the other, but that doesn’t always prevent disaster. Inattentive motorists, disobedient children and basic random accidents make crosswalks a place where there is always the potential for danger. With a littl ... read more

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