Monday, December 16, 2013

Letter From Owner

Dear Parent:
                We certainly hope that your teen will enjoy their training experience with us, and that they will go on to safe driving in the future. However, having been in this business for years now, I am still worried about the actualities of teen Driver’s, and I would like to take a few moments of your time to make you aware of some facts you may not be aware of.
A teenager has an approximate 56% chance of having either an accident or incident (collision or ticketable offence) within one year of receiving their license to drive. According to National Highway Safety Administration:
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers.
In 1997, 5,477 young people (passengers and drivers age 15-20) died in motor vehicle crashes. Twenty-one percent of the young drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.
Young people age 15-20 make up 6.7 percent of the total driving population in this country but are involved in 14 percent of all fatal crashes.
In 1997, over 60 percent of youth (16-20) who died in passenger vehicle Crashes were not wearing seat belts.
In 1997, almost one quarter (22 percent) of those who died in speed-related crashes were youth (15-20).
In the last decade, over 68,000 teens have died in car crashes.
Sixty-five percent of teen passenger deaths occur when another teenager is driving.
Nearly half of the fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers were single vehicle crashes.
Forty-one percent of fatal crashes involving teenagers occur at nighttime (between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.).
One quarter of fatally injured teen drivers (16-20 years old) in 1995 had a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) at or above .10 percent, even though all were under the minimum legal drinking age and are not legally permitted to purchase alcohol.
2 out of 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes are males.
          These statistics scare me, and they tend to show that, while we can teach our teens HOW to drive safely, we can’t MAKE them drive safely. However, these same statistical studies show that if a new driver can drive safely for at least one year, irrespective of age, they tend to have developed safer driving habits than their peers. So the question is, how can we help get them through that first year, safely?  

Thank You,

Manish Sondhi, (Owner)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Safe-driving tips for the Holidays

Holiday events and celebrations can be exciting times for family and friends to get together.But, get-togethers with family and friends can turn into tragedies when people are killed or injured in traffic crashes.

As the holiday season is approaching, motorists need to be mindful of actions that will make their holiday travel safer.  Drivers can protect themselves and their
passengers by following these holiday travel rules.

Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and in good shape for travel.
This is especially important for winter driving conditions.

Restrain yourself and your passengers properly in seat belts and car safety seats.
Remember, the rear seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride.

Be flexible in setting your travel plans.  Leave early if you can to avoid the peak traffic
hours.  If snow is predicted during the time you plan to travel, change your
schedule.  It is better to reschedule your get-together than to risk the lives of traveling
family or friends.
Stay fresh and alert when driving.  Take plenty of breaks and do not push your-
self to meet an unrealistic schedule.  If you get tired, pull off the road into a rest area
or business, get out of the car for some fresh air, buy something to refresh you, or
just relax until you feel revived.  If that doesn't work, find a motel or campground
where you can spend the night.  Forty-one percent of fatal traffic accidents are
single vehicle crashes.  These crashes most often occur during the late night/
early morning hours and the late afternoon hours to drivers who are tired,
have consumed alcohol, or both.
Keep your speed down.  Give yourself plenty of time and distance to
react to the traffic around you.  Let impatient and aggressive drivers
pass you or go through the intersection ahead of you so that you
control the situation.

Do not pass if you cannot see enough clear road to pass safely.

If there will be drinking at your holiday get-together, choose
a designated driver who will remain alcohol free.

 Because driving requires your full attention, pull off
the road if you have to use your cellular pho
Local Driving School
(877) DRIVE-16

(877) 374-8316