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Stay Calm and Prevent Road Rage

Road rage affects all drivers at some point. You may feel the rage on your morning commute, while your teen may sense it after school. Many factors trigger road rage, so there are several ways to calm yourself down when you feel the anger rising. Here are some simple steps to reducing road rage. Once you understand the ideas, ask your teenager if he or she ever gets angry when driving. Let them know that it is a common problem- you experience it, too. Plan your route before any trip to avoid traffic spots and rush hour. Your trip might not be direct, but avoiding the traffic hot spots will help you stay calm. Follow the traffic on an app on your phone or a local news site before you hop in the car. If you notice an aggressive driver who is trying to start something, do not make eye contact with him or her. Keep your distance and focus on your own driving. When another driver makes you angry, take several slow deep breaths. F ... read more

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Stressed Drivers: What to Do About Road Rage

When was the last time you got stressed on the road? It happens nearly every day. There you are, calmly entering the traffic flow on the highway or pulling out of your neighborhood. The next thing you know, a car pops up out of thin air and conveniently slips itself into the small space between you and the car you’re following. Maybe the driver behind you lays on the horn, waving both fists at you and shouting. All drivers witness road rage, but how we handle the stress is important. Road rage is a very real part of driving. We want you and your family to stay safe on the road, so this series of blog posts will focus on how to handle other aggressive drivers and how to ease your rage on the road. Read on to see what to do when the drivers around you get a bit hostile. When you see a driver getting angry or acting aggressive, your gut reaction might be to respond in anger. There are three simple reasons to avoid getting mad. The first is that y ... read more

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Common Mistakes Good Drivers Make

Most drivers don’t realize that 6.3 million car crashes take place on the roads each year. Many of these accidents involve good drivers. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes that good drivers make and how you can avoid them. 1. Too Much Confidence You’ve been driving forever and you have to admit, you’re a pretty good driver. Guess what .. just about everybody on the road thinks they’re a great driver and most of them disobey driving safety on a regular basis, using cell phones or thinking the speed limit equals what the sign reads + 5. Take some time to evaluate your driving weaknesses and don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your vehicle’s advanced safety features will be enough to keep you safe on the road. 2. Multi-Tasking According to a study at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 80% of crashes are preceded by some form of distraction. At 60 mph you can cross the distance of a football field before gett ... read more

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New Year’s Resolutions: Auto Style

This is the year that your resolutions will not be forgotten. Your list will not be crumpled up in frustration in the coming weeks. We think you have the determination to meet your goals. At D&R Autoworks, we love everything related to automobiles. We know them well and we like to learn about them. This year we want to share some auto-related resolutions that you and your family might find interesting. Teach Your Teen Auto Care (or Learn With your Teen) - Whether you are an auto junkie or clueless about cars, there are some basics that every driver should know. Teach your children some basics this year or consider taking a class with your teen driver. Road Trip Check out a new destination either near or far from your home, and plan a road trip for some quality on-the-road time. A road trip can be the perfect way to explore the country, spend quality time with loved ones, and visit new places. Teach Your Teen to Drive a Stick ... read more

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Auto Care

Study Shows Drowsiness is Major Risk for Teen Drivers

Study Shows Drowsiness is Major Risk for Teen Drivers

“Be Safe! No texting and driving!” Something similar to this phrase is shouted in homes across the country as teens grab the car keys and step out the door. What advice do you give your teens about driving? Do you remind them not to use their phones and not to drive after drinking alcohol? These are great and necessary reminders for teen drivers. However, there is another major risk that you may forget. Teen drivers are susceptible to dangers caused by drowsiness. Teens are already at greater risk of causing car accidents than other age groups. A recent study completed by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 1 out of every 7 drivers between the age of 16 and 24 admitted to falling asleep at least once while driving in the last year. Teens have the highest rate of drowsy driving among all age groups. The symptoms of drowsy driving include yawning often and difficulty keeping one’s eyes open. Driving when fatigued is comparable to driving wh ... read more

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Using Technology to Encourage Safe Driving with Teens

Using Technology to Encourage Safe Driving with Teens

Teaching teens to drive safely and obey the rules of the road is not always an easy task. Just like many older adults, teens must deal with distractions every time they are on the road. Teens also face added pressure of drinking and driving. Helping teens drive safely may be easier with the help of technology. There are several new devices and features to help parents encourage their tech-savvy teens to make smart driving decisions. Check out some of these new and developing technologies. Mobile Apps – There are plenty of phone apps developed for encouraging safe driving habits and discouraging the use of phones while driving. Here are a few: -DriveScribe – DriveScribe was developed to encourage safe driving by tracking performance and offering rewards for good habits. The app is used every time your teen gets behind the wheel. It blocks calls and messages, sends audible reminders, and alerts ... read more

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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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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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