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No black and white for driver distractions

There are many levels of distraction. Not a surprising statement, right? A study by MIT found this statement to be true when they measured the eye movement of 108 volunteers.

Five simple things to remember this Spring Break

Whatever Spring Break may bring for you, Teens in the Driver Seat wants to remind you of the five simple things to make sure you remember while your on the road.

You know teen passengers are risky, here’s why

A new study not only shows having another teen in the car is dangerous, but also pin-points why.

More resources to help deliver safe driving messages

Along with the great resources here on, check out these other places where you can get free materials.

Good friends are good passengers

Being a good passenger is more than relaxing and enjoying the ride, it’s also being an active passenger by helping the driver watch and listen.

Mayans may make predictions, but we need facts

There are many predictions, a.k.a. guesses, in life, aren’t there? But, sometimes the facts tell a different story. Driving, for instance. (You knew it was coming, right?) If you are a teen, you have some very harsh facts to face every time you get into a car and, unfortunately, the odds are not in your favor.

The main fact working against you is your inexperience. Driving is a skill. Think of yourself as an apprentice in a job you will be doing the rest of your life. Your inexperience along with the major dangers make your odds even worse.

Distraction awareness – not an oxymoron

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Sort of funny isn’t it? “Distraction awareness” – an oxymoron, like “expect the unexpected” and “almost exactly.” But, sometimes we do need reminders to the distractions that take our focus from being safe. I received an email from a co-worker who was at an entertainment complex. You know those places that have miniature golf, batting cages, games and other fun stuff. This one had a go-kart track and while waiting in line he was watching the racers zoom around the curvy track. He then noticed a teen, about 14 or so, slow down dramatically on a curve.

Your best protection is your seat belt

You’re a great driver, right? You feel like you’re in control and wrecks only happen with other drivers who aren’t as great behind the wheel as you are. Don’t most drivers feel this way? We are all a bit egotistical when it comes to how we drive.

So let’s say it’s true. You are always safe, obey every traffic law, are never distracted and never place yourself or others at risk. That’s great, but the fact is, every time you get into a vehicle, you are at risk, whether driving across a parking lot or on a long road trip. Things happen which you have no control over and your last defense is a seat belt, which is why it is so important. Here are some facts for you to know.

It’s Spring Break time!

This spring break may mean many things for you—road trip with friends, lazy days at the beach, or just a needed vacation from school. Whatever the holiday may bring for you, Teens in the Driver Seat wants to make sure you use extra care since you can expect a lot more drivers on the road.

Follow these safety tips when getting ready for your break:

Staying Safe Around Drunk and Drugged Drivers

Despite education and awareness, a lot of people are still driving under the influence. In 2007, over 1.43 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This means you’ll likely encounter drivers who shouldn’t be on the road. Here are some tips on recognizing possible impairment, what to do if you find yourself driving near one and how to report it.

Getting High off Cola

Canna Cola is launching a new line of colas, scheduled to hit Colorado this month. But, these aren’t normal sugary sodas that will compete with Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper; they are infused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical found in marijuana. The soda is in bright bottles displaying cartoon-like characters and illustrations, have names such as Sour Diesel and Grape Ape and promise 12 mind blowing ounces.

A peer-to-peer safety program for America’s Youth – get started today!

Car crashes kill more young people than any other cause, accounting for nearly half of all teen deaths in America each year. Most teens and parents are unaware of the top five dangers of teen driving: driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones/texting and too many teen passengers; low seat belt use; and alcohol use.

Remember Alex Brown

Alex Brown died in an auto accident in 2009 after she lost control of her truck while she was texting. Her truck rolled and because Alex was not wearing a seat belt, she went out the passenger side window and was crushed by the truck. Since Alex’s death the Brown family has been traveling the country, pulling Alex’s wrecked truck, to bring awareness to texting and driving and asking teens everywhere to take the pledge to not text and drive.


It was June 9th, 2009, my 17th birthday, so of course we were partying. The party raged around and my phone was going off. My cousin Jace was calling, she had been drinking and she wanted to come see me but I didn’t answer.