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Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 06:45
-- joe.apex Categories: General

There is a definite protocol that should be followed when being stopped by a police officer. This situation is probably not covered in driver's ed and the most important item is to remain calm and follow this simple set of guidelines.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 07:30
-- joe.apex Categories: General, Teen

One of the big issues for teens taking driver's ed is building confidence when getting behind the steering wheel. In most cases they have spent many hours as a passenger so the concept of driving is very familiar. However, it becomes a different story when...

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 07:45
-- joe.apex Categories: General, Research, Safety

With so much being written about distracted driving,  it's worth digging a little deeper into the actual reasons why distracted driving occurs. Its a fairly complex topic about how the human brain operates and some of the limitations we have as humans. The root of distracted driving is the...

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 07:30
-- joe.apex Categories: General, Safety

Conventional wisdom says that by keeping your hands on the steering wheel and not on the phone, you will be a much safer driver. The problem, known as driving while texting, or DWT, is now illegal in most states. By now most everyone knows...

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 07:15
-- joe.apex Categories: Automobiles, Safety, Winter Driving

Even for those drivers who are experienced at driving on snow-covered roads it takes a great deal of effort to drive safely. In addition to snow, driving conditions can also include ice and limited visibility. Unfortunately this is something seldom covered in ...

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Aluminum Powered Cars

Aluminum Powered Cars
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Just off the newswire is the notion of "aluminum powered cars" - a headline that when first read does not even make sense. However, being one interested in technology I thought it was worth taking a look to see what this was all about. An Israeli company named Alchemy Research has developed a technology for using alumimum as a "fuel" and using electric power to "recharge" the aluminum. Given today's shrinking oil reserves and drive for alternative energy, a new technology such as this is a welcome entry into the mix with great potential.

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Perils Of DWT (Driving While Texting)

Perils Of DWT (Driving While Texting)
admin-Safety

Just the other day a very sad story came across the news entitled "Massachusetts teen convicted of homicide in texting-while-driving case". DWT (Driving While Texting) has been in the news for several years now and research has clearly shown that DWT is very dangerous. And to top it off, it is illegal in many states to drive while texting. Drivers ed courses may touch on this topic, but there's a bit more to the story. Let's explore a few reasons why teens are particularly susceptable to the dangers of DWT.

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The Successful Model T

The Successful Model T
admin-Automobiles

In a recent article on the the best selling cars of all time, incredibly the Ford Model T was the 8th best selling car of all time. After reading this article, the success of the Model T caused me to do a little further research which I thought worth sharing. Chalk this up to curiosity, one of those facts that was never taught in drivers ed, but is interesting enough to write down a few facts on the first production automobile, the Model T.

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Parent and Teen Summer Driving Tips

Parent and Teen Summer Driving Tips
admin-Safety

With the 2012 Memorial Day weekend coming to a close, everyone's mind is now turning to the upcoming summer. School will soon be out and teens will have extra time for summer work, the beach, and summer driving. However, I want to bring attention to the fact that the summer months are the deadliest on our nation's highways for teens. During the summer of 2010, according to Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data, every weekend 45 youths died in motor vehicle crashes. The deadliest season was summer for youth in the U.S. and in July 364 youth, ages 15-20, died in traffic crashes.

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Study Supports Online Instruction

Study Supports Online Instruction
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A study recently performed at Ithaka S+R (a group part of ITHAKA, a non-profit organization that finds innovative ways to use technology in higher education) provides evidence that students taking online instruction at the university level show essentially the same results as those attending in a traditional format.

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Mirrors, Mirrors, Mirrors

Mirrors, Mirrors, Mirrors
admin-Safety

I can't stress enough the importance of the proper setup and use of mirrors. They are literally one of the key safety devices on a car and most people take them for granted. My goal in this blog is to convince you to take using your mirrors seriously. We consider this so important that we have two driving tips available for Mirror Setup and then Mirror Use.

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Why Teens Crash

Why Teens Crash
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For those who are serious about online drivers education, an obvious goal is to decrease the number of teen collisions. This is indeed a lofty goal, albeit one that is fraught with misinformation and anecdotal evidence. A teen just died in a collision yesterday, which immediately snaps up back to reality. The headline reads something like “Speed Suspected In Teen Collision Death”, which is a terrible headline and may wind up killing more teens.

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Roudabouts - Yay or Nay?

Roudabouts - Yay or Nay?
admin-General

Roundabouts are finally starting to gain ground in the United States, literally. And it’s about time since they have been a standard of road construction in Europe almost since the car was invented. Modern drivers ed programs, both online drivers ed and classroom instruction are now teaching how to maneuver a rounbabout. Interestingly, these road constructs can be very controversial and in some cases cause major political battles.

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Battle Of The Sexes - Car Parking

Battle Of The Sexes - Car Parking
admin-General

I ran across an interesting study the other day on parking. The study is about the difference between the parking habits of men vs. women and when any study becomes a battle of the sexes it always makes for a good discussion. The study does talk about the retention of drivers ed parking lessons, which is an interesting facet.

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Left Lane Campers

Left Lane Campers
admin-General

There is little in your driving life more annoying than left lane campers. There are many other descriptive terms, such as “Fast Lane Blockers”, “Day Dream Drivers”, etc. Any way you look at it, these are the drivers who spend time in the left-hand lanes of our roads going slower than the surrounding traffic. Some online drivers ed courses teach the proper use of lanes while driving, but most do not so please pay close attention to this article.