Driver's Ed • Holiday Driving Made Easy

Posted by Corey DeVellis on Oct 17, 2016 3:05:00 PM

 

The holiday season is upon us! The weather is getting colder and folks are thinking about pumpkin-spiced lattes, comfy sweaters, delicious food, and traveling to see family. Regardless of what you are celebrating between harvest-time and New Year, take these tips along to make sure your holidays remain joyous and free of driving-caused headaches!

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Topics: Safe Driving Tips, Holiday

Driver's Ed • Driving in the Rain

Posted by Corey DeVellis on Oct 4, 2016 3:03:42 PM

Driving in the fall can see a lot of strange weather here in New England: from early snowfalls to sudden sunlight and dreadful downpours out of the gloom, driving can not only be a chore but also dangerous! Some of the most dangerous conditions are made when a rainy day turns from a drizzle to a deluge and you’re stuck out on the roads.

Here are some tips from The Next Street to help you get through this autumn’s rainfalls.

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Topics: Safe driving, Safe Driving Tips, driving, weather

Driver's Ed • Blocking The Box

Posted by Karen Ali on Sep 28, 2016 3:02:00 PM

Don't block the box and make sure you move over! 

Parents might not know either of these laws, but students taking our driver's ed classes are well versed in them because we teach both concepts.

Both the “Blocking the Box” law and the “Move Over” law passed in 2009, and many people who were licensed before that are still unaware of their existence.

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Topics: Safe driving, Safe Driving Tips

Setting Restrictions For Your Teen Driver

Posted by Lee Archambault on Aug 17, 2016 10:54:01 AM

High School can be hard on both students and parents. The schedule demands of today’s teens will have them pulled in every direction. Sure, it may seem easy to have a friend drive your son or daughter to practice or rehearsal. But is it the best decision? Set your house rules for driving now. Even if you don't have a licensed driver, even if you are the parent of a freshman that is only 14, set the standards for your home.

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Topics: Safe Driving Tips, New Driver Restrictions, Setting the Law for your New Teen Driver

Driver's Ed • Car Maintenance Life Hacks for Non-Mechanics

Posted by Corey DeVellis on Jul 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Everyone likes money, correct? You don’t want to waste it, you want the most value from the amount you have, and for the most part you don’t want to spend it. Vehicles will be the second most expensive investment we make in our lives next to paying for housing (for us that can’t afford to buy an island).

Cars are a rite of passage, but they don’t come cheap.

Here are some life hacks that can not only extend the life of your vehicles, but could also save a life down the road!

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Topics: Safe driving, Safe Driving Tips, car maintenance

Safe Driving Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by Christine Rodriguez on May 26, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Hotdogs, hamburgers, sunshine, and most importantly, a three day weekend. Only a few of the reasons why Memorial Day is the best. Not to mention, it is the "unofficial" start of summer! The sunshine and warm weather is upon us, and many beach days are in our future. So, with Memorial Day being a big travel holiday, here are some ways to be sure you have a great time this weekend, but most importantly, stay safe out on the road. 

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Topics: Safe Driving Tips, memorial day

How To: Merge On The Highway

Posted by Corey DeVellis on Mar 9, 2016 4:06:00 PM

Merging onto the highway is likely the most obviously dangerous thing the average American does on a daily basis. Higher speeds, blind spots hiding cars, and the stress of heavy traffic can all lead to collisions out on our roadways. As with all types of driving, merging onto the highway can be made infinitely easier by understanding the basics of what is going on.

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Topics: Safe driving, Safe Driving Tips, highway tips, highway driving

4-Way Stops

Posted by Scott Wilson on Jan 28, 2016 5:00:00 PM

A lot of situations that you encounter on the road are pretty self-explanatory and easy enough to figure out and work your way through with little hassle. Then there's 4-way intersections. You'd be hard pressed to find a more frustrating exchange of behind-the-wheel hand gestures than when you're facing three other drivers who all think they got to their stop sign first. There's four different kinds of people you'll meet here. The polite "you go ahead - no really, go ahead. Please go ahead" driver, who will let anyone and everyone go before them. Then there's the confused driver, who has no idea what to do in this situation and makes hand motions only discernible to themselves as they try to figure out how to handle this near-apocalyptic situation. There's the "false-starter" who you think is letting you go, but then lurches their car forward and slams on the brakes as they swear incoherently at you for not reading their mind. And finally, there's the "charging bull" driver who barges through the intersection after mildly tapping their brakes at the stop sign, and cuts off everyone regardless of how long they've been waiting. As it turns out, there are actually some rules you should follow here. The thing is, most people don't know them or have long forgotten what they were.

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Topics: Safe Driving Tips, 4-way stops, intersections, stop signs

Driver's Ed • Do You Get The Point?

Posted by Scott Wilson on Jan 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Around 4 or 5 o'clock, as people are leaving work, the highways and main streets will fill with drivers of varying skill. It can be frustrating to watch and even more so to participate in, and a lack of proper driving etiquette and knowledge is especially pronounced on highway entrance ramps. As cars speed by, other drivers are travelling on the entrance ramp, desperately and sometimes obliviously trying to merge with them. It's a recipe for disaster without the right know-how, and everyone seems to have their own technique. But what is the right way to handle the situation? How can you properly merge at the point?

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Topics: Safe Driving Tips, The Point

Winter Driving Tips: Part II

Posted by Scott Wilson on Jan 14, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Another spell of winter weather has come our way, and there's sure to be more where that came from. In our last post we discussed some basic winter driving tips, including following distance, clearing off your car, and how to rock your vehicle into motion when it's stuck. Today we'll look at some more winter driving tips, focusing on travel and technique.

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Topics: Safe Driving Tips, winter

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Remember:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens
  • Car crashes are preventable
  • Discussing safe driving habits with family and friends will help spread awareness

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