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Sunday, April 16, 2017

CARSTAR Encourage Teen Drivers to Put Safety First

I’m attached to my cell phone and my daughter is too. I do try to show a good example and driving is one of them especially with her being so close to being driving herself (insert stressed mama). AAA did some research recently and “teens are among the riskiest drivers on the road, crashing four times more often than adult drivers do.  In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death among people age 16-20, killing more than 5,600 teens each year.” To me, that’s 5,600 too many. CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is really hoping that number goes down drastically by providing tips for parents to share with their kids. They want kids safe everyday and also when it comes to special events like prom.




“Those of us in the collision industry know all too well the dangers associated with teen driving,” said Melissa Miller, Vice President of Operations for CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts.  “We are in the unique position of taking the leadership role and reminding parents and their kids about the increased risks from April through June. Educating young drivers about the dangers of texting and driving, drinking and driving and paying attention on the road
could help save their lives.”
Miller offers tips for parents and teen drivers for reducing teen accidents during prom and graduation seasons:
  • Take – and share – your photos and videos before you get in the car
  • Engage the “Do Not Disturb” setting on your cell phone that silences incoming texts and notifications
  • Be considerate of the driver, the number one cause of distracted related accidents for teens are from other passengers
  • Consider a car service, there are many different ride options out there  - limousines, car services, other parents and Uber or Lyft
  • If you suspect your teen or their friends will be drinking, offer up a “no questions asked” pledge if they call you to pick them up
Talking to your teens is important before they start driving and of course many times during their early driving years. AAA created Keys2Drive, a teen safety website with key information and tools to prepare your young adults for the road and the road ahead.



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28 comments:

  1. Wow. Sounds like a great company. We need more that do the same.

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  2. I really, REALLY love this. My oldest will be driving in the not too distant future, and I'm already worried about it!

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  3. I'm so glad I won't need this for a while. My kids aren't nearly old enough to drive, but I already get sick to my stomach when I imagine it for the future. LOL

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  4. I absolutely LOVE this. My oldest will be driving before I know it.

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  5. I was a nervous wreck when my daughter drove a car for the first time. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw her pull up on the driveway. I know she is a good driver, but I am not sure about the other drivers around her! I will give her the link to Keys2Drive so she can be better educated on road safety.

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  6. You definitely have to be careful and teach the kids good safety habits. Distractions are a big problem!

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  7. In about 1 year and 6 months ish I will have my first child of a driving age and while I am ready in some ways I am not. The world is so different than when I got my license at age 16. Glad you are sharing this, hoping it helps many teens and parents of teens!

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  8. These are great tips for teens about car safety. Actually these are great tips for anyone.

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  9. This is a great campaign. This cannot be taught enough. Great looking kids!

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  10. This is a very timely post. We're coming up on prom and graduation season. There are always several teen driving deaths in our county around this time.

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  11. Good tips this time of yr. and all yr. long.

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  12. These are all great tips, you cannot be too careful particularly when it's your child that's an unexperienced driver. Also, setting a good example is key.

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  13. With prom season right around the corner, this is such timely advise. My suggestion for parents is to pay for a limo or a driver. The expense is worth the peace of mind.

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  14. This is the third time that I am trying to comment! Your page keeps changing on me!! I don't know why, but it's frustrating!!
    I went through my kids driving and now my grandkids and I always tell them to watch out for the other guy! Just because you are following the rules of the road, doesn't mean that they do!! People are always in a hurry, or they drive too close or they don't know how to use their turn signals- a huge pet peeve of mine!! But their fingers work when they want to text! And now with road rage & people getting shot - just mind your own business!! Our family was involved in a couple of bad car accidents and each time I heard the news, I thought I was having a heart attack! I have always told my family to call day or night if they can't drive or if they are in a car where the driver can't drive! I'd rather come get them than the alternative!! A CAR IS NOT A TOY & YOUR LIFE IS NOTHING TO TOY WITH!!

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  15. My step daughter just started driving and I couldn't love this post more. We have to talk to them about driving safety, especially with teens wanting to text and show off for their friends.

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  16. I like the idea of the "Do Not Disturb" setting while driving. Sometimes, when I hear my phone go off, it's hard to not get to it immediately to see what messages/missed calls we received.

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  17. I made sure to teach my eldest to drive safely especially when she's alone and I'm not with her. I think it's a nice initiative, to make kids aware about driving safe.

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  18. My daughter hasn't wanted to learn to drive. She is 18 now and will be heading to college in the Fall. She has no choice now but to drive. Safety is paramount.

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  19. This is such an amazing post! Safe driving is really important to discuss with kids!

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  20. This is scary stuff because my daughter just turned 16 and is thinking about getting her learners permit. I really hope she is aware of the many risks and the responsibility of driving.

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  21. Although a no questions asked pledge can be hard, sometimes kids need that hand out and who better than their parents to do it. It could save their life which is better than a lecture any day.

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  22. Some really great tips. We will be dealing with this in the next couple of years as our girls get up to that stage. So much to learn and be aware of with all the technology we didn't have back in our day.

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  23. Very good tips. Glad I don't have to worry about any kids. I always turn off my phone when I get in the car.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  24. I know that during prom season it is extremely important to talk to teens about texting and driving, but it is important all year round. Texting and driving has become a real serious problem. Thank goodness there are organizations out there like CarStar that are helping spread the word about this issue.

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  25. This was such a good read! Sounds like a great company. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  26. Discouraging distracted driving is so important, especially in teens!

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  27. It's awesome that they would support such an great and worthwhile campaign.

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  28. This subject is super important and needs to be talked about more. My kids aren't old enough yet, but will definitely be making this a major topic of discussion!

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