Teenagers and Driving

Teens have a crash rate 3 times that of older drivers. How can we change that?

If you think about it, a new teenage driver has been riding around in the back seat for 16 years, and you as a parent have probably been trying to keep them occupied in the back seat by having them watch videos and playing games, not teaching them about driving safely.

Did you take the time to teach them anything about safe driving during all those trips? Did you demonstrate good driving skills for them to follow? Or were you speeding, talking on the phone, and sometimes yelling at other drivers? Often times we wonder where teens developed these bad habits. Parents need to make sure you are always using every opportunity to teach your child about safe driving.

Just remember, if you are practicing safe driving while driving your child, you can teach your child safe driving. If you feel like you need help teaching your child, get them driving lessons. Let a professional teach them how to be a safer driver, so you can feel confident handing them the keys to drive alone.

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Running Red Lights

Every year close to 1, 000 people are killed due to drivers running red lights, a thousand more are seriously injured and their lives destroyed.

What is not discussed, is why this issue is on the rise. Speed is present in 90% of all traffic crashes, so contrary to the idea that is just happens, the truth is, its planned.

The faster you go, the more stopping distance you need.

Make sure you are slowing down and avoid running red lights.

Only law enforcement and driver training will slow this issue down.

In the state of Florida,

 

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Tire Pressure

Maintaining proper care of your car is an important step for being a safe driver. Something that many people forget to check is their tire pressure.

Many times, you won’t realize that your tire pressure is too low or too high. Driving with your tires not properly inflated is very dangerous. Did you know that a tire doesn’t actually have to look like it needs air for there to be a problem?

Why is Tire Pressure Important?

There are many reasons why tire pressure is important, the first one is that it helps keep your car in correct working condition. It also helps you prevent getting a flat tire or a blowout while driving. Having your tires all be inflated to the same amount will actually help the alignment on your car and help the tread wear evenly on them. If you over inflate your tires, you are having less of your tire on the road which means that you have less of a handle and might increase your chance in accidents.

What Should Your Tire Pressure Be?

What your tire pressure should be will depend on your car and your tires. If you look in the owner’s manual or on the door frame of the driver door, it should be listed there for you.

Tire pressure is measured in PSI, or pounds per square inch. Once you locate and know what the PSI for you tires should be, you need to check the pressure by using an air gauge. Make sure you are checking when the tires are cold—and it couldn’t hurt to check it multiple times.

Once you have it checked, either add air or take away air. Make sure you replace the nozzle once you are finished inflating and you are now ready to go.

Make sure you are practicing safe driving and check your tire pressure!

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Why American Safety for Online Traffic Course?

So, you may be wondering why you should take a course at American Safety, if you find yourself needing to enroll in a traffic school course. We have some really amazing benefits for choosing ASI:

·         Take it at your convenience, at any time and place that suits you.

·         Most courses you start and stop the course at your leisure.

·         You can pace the course to match your learning style.

·         You can replay a section if you don’t understand what was covered.

·         You can adjust visual and audio settings to your needs.

·         Excellent customer service if you need any help or have questions

·         Top of the line learning materials and subject matter

·         Affordable

 

Although taking a traffic course might not be everyone’s favorite thing to do, we have worked very hard to make our courses enjoyable and information packed. With American Safety Institute, you will be enrolling in one of the best traffic schools!

Click here to see a full list of the online courses we offer!

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Defensive Driving

What is Defensive Driving?

 

You have probably heard the term, Defensive Driving. Defensive driving isn’t just a catch phrase that traffic schools and insurance companies use, it’s a driving technique that all drivers should be doing!

 

Being a defensive driver means you:

Watch ahead for what is happening on the road
You monitor your speed
Keep a safe following distance
Ready to safely react to other driver’s actions
Don’t get distracted while driving

 

As you can see, being a defensive driver is so important for safe driving. The reason why many traffic schools have defensive driving courses is because they are teaching you the material and information needed so you can be a defensive driver. When you take a defensive driving course, you are going to be better prepared for driving and you could save money on your insurance.

Whether you take a driving course or just research it on your own, you should know and practice what it takes to be a defensive driver.

 

Defensive Driving = Safe Driving

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Passing Rules & Safety Tips

Passing

Passing is very challenging for most drivers and can be very dangerous. In fact, one of the most common cause of fatal head-on collisions, is because of improper passing. Before you go to pass someone, ask yourself, “Will this make a difference in my trip if I pass this person?”

If you answered “yes” to yourself, make sure you know these laws and tips so you can pass safely:

No vehicle shall at any time be driven to the left side of the roadway under the following conditions:

  • When approaching or upon a turn that makes the driver’s view obstructed. This might result in a hazard in the event that another vehicle might approach from the opposite direction and you couldn’t see them
  • When approaching within 100 feet of or traversing any intersection
  • When approaching within 100 feet of or traversing any railroad grade crossing
  • When the view is obstructed upon approaching within 100 feet of any bridge, viaduct, or tunnel

Each passing situation is different, and the driver should be aware of the following:

  • Check the path ahead, the off-road areas, behind you, and the lane you want to enter.  Make sure that no other vehicles are signaling to move into the lane.  If you are on a two lane, two way road, check that there are no oncoming vehicles.  If there are, make sure that they are far enough away to allow you to complete passing safely.  If you have any doubt, don’t pass.
  • If the way is clear, signal your intent to move left.  Use your turn signals.
  • Check over your left shoulder for cars in your blind spot.  Adjust your speed upward if necessary (but do not exceed the speed limit) and steer smoothly into the passing lane.
  • Accelerate firmly.  If you are on a road with a single lane in each direction, keep watching for oncoming traffic.
  • Check your rearview mirror quickly.  When you see both headlights of the vehicle you have passed in the mirror, signal your intent to return to the right lane, and steer gradually in that direction.
  • Turn off your signal, and maintain an appropriate speed.

 Passing should be attempted only when it is safe to do so.

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Importance of Wearing a Seatbelt

The seatbelt is a powerful tool that can help save your life in the event of an auto accident. Did you know, when you wear a seatbelt, it reduces the risk of a fatal injury by 45% and the risk of moderate injury by 50%.

There have been numerous studies that show wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to reduce injury or prevent death during an accident. Here are some serious reasons why you should always wear your seatbelt:

 

Ejection

If you are in an accident, there is a chance that you may be ejected from your car. You are more likely to have fatal or serious injuries if you are ejected from the car in the event of an accident. One of the seatbelts main job is to keep from being ejected, so its very important that you wear it when driving.

 

Injury

Not only does a seatbelt keep you from being ejected from the car, it also keeps your body protected from hitting things inside the car. If involved in an accident, your body might hit the inside of the car, the steering wheel, car door, or other people in your car.

 

Law

In each state there is some sort of seatbelt law. You need to research your states seatbelt laws to make sure you and your passengers remain safe and following all laws. If you are found not to be wearing your seatbelt in a car, you will most likely get a ticket and will have to pay a fine.

 

Wearing your seatbelt is an easy and effective way to make sure you are safe when driving. Always buckle up and make sure all passengers are also wearing their seatbelt.

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What to do After Getting a Ticket

Getting a ticket for speeding or any other traffic infraction is never fun. Unfortunately, it’s a situation a lot of people deal with. In fact, according to recent statistics about 112,000 people a day receive a ticket.

If you do not properly take care of a traffic ticket, it can cause a lot of problems. These problems can include an increase in insurance rates, points added to your license, and potentially getting your license suspended.

The first thing you need to do if you get a ticket is to listen to what the  law enforcement officer is telling you. Its important that you listen and understand why you are getting a ticket, how much the ticket costs, whether you can attend traffic school, and when all the fines are due.

It is very important that you pay all the fines associated with the ticket on time. Failing to pay any fine associated with the ticket can cause you major problems and you will probably end up paying more money.

Check to see if you can elect to take a traffic school course to not have any points added to your license. If you choose to take a traffic a course, enroll and finish the course in the appropriate amount of time so you can effectually remove the points.

Check out our Florida Basic Driver Improvement Course here to register if you have gotten a ticket!

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Pedestrians and Drivers

While there are many hazards encountered in daily driving, dealing with pedestrians can be one of the most unnerving.

In 2015, motor-vehicle-related crashes claimed the lives of 5,376 pedestrians—an increase of 9 percent over the previous year—and injured an estimated 70,000 people.

It is important to know that no one—no driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian—has sole rights to the road. It is a shared space where we all have rights and responsibilities.

Drivers need to know that pedestrians have rights on the road, too, mostly in crosswalks. Drivers should make sure they slow down and are prepared to yield to pedestrians when they’re in a crosswalk. You should never pass other vehicles stopped at a crosswalk, because there is a chance that people crossing that you might not see.

As a pedestrian, you should also follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals, as they are there to protect you. It is important to only cross streets at crosswalks. If you are walking and there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from vehicles as possible. If there isn’t a crosswalk and you need to cross, cross at a well-lit place in the road where drivers can best see you.

In order to avoid an accident always be aware, as both a pedestrian and a driver, of the other people near and on the road.

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Driver Improvement Courses

If at any point in your future you receiving a ticket its important to know what to do after so you can learn from your mistake and properly take care of your ticket.

The 4-hour basic driver improvement course is for individuals who have gotten a traffic violation ticket and either elect to take the course or have been ordered by the Clerk of Court to take it. The BDI course can also be used for car insurance purposes.

We offer the 4-Hour Florida BDI course online! Taking the online BDI course gives you flexibility so you can take the course in the fastest, most effective way that works best for you! Our online BDI course is approved by the Florida DHSMV and is 100% online and available for access 24/7!

 

Several advantages for taking our online BDI course:

Removes points from your license

Avoids an increase on your insurance

You can work at your own pace

Friendly LIVE customer support available Monday -Friday 9-5 EST

Unlimited final exams retakes for free

Up to date and informational course material

Fast, Easy, and Convenient

 

Florida 4-Hour Basic Driver Improvement Course 

 

In addition to the 4-Hour BDI Course, we also offer several online courses that you might need or can benefit from:

Florida 12-Hour Advanced Driver Improvement Course (also known as ADI Course)
Florida 8-Hour Driver Improvement Course
Florida 4-Hour First Time Driver Course
Florida Permit Test (DMV Test)
Florida Practice Permit Test 

If you would rather take a course in-person, please call us at 1-800-800-7121 and we would be happy to give you some more information!

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