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VETERAN CRASH INVESTIGATOR AND DRIVER SAFETY EXPERT MIKE PEHL SAYS- When I start teaching a new group of student drivers, I talk with them about...

Carbon Monoxide – the silent killer

Most adults know that carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas emitted by cars. But the risks are more complex than many realize. DriveSafeRideSafe...

Prom and Driving: 2 tips for parents to keep their teen drivers safe

Prom and Driving: 2 tips for parents to keep their teen drivers safe

Parents … Remember the Prom? We want your son or daughter to have fond memories of their own special occasion, too. But an average of 1,000...

Ask Mike: If you are being tailgated, what can you do, as a defensive driver to keep yourself safe?

MIKE SAYS: Slow down and let the tailgater pass. Don’t slow drastically, just ease up on the gas and you’ll slow slightly. You could...

Ask Mike: Where Do Most Traffic Crashes Occur?

. More than half of our nation’s traffic deaths occur on rural roads, even though only 1/4th of us live in rural areas. Your best protection...

How will I know when my Teen is really ready to get their license?

Teaching someone to drive is more than just memorizing rules and regulations. It’s also more than just the act of driving. Sure, your teen...

Ask Mike: How does a Parent help their Teen with critical thinking when it comes to driving?

Veteran Crash Investigator and Driver Safety Expert, Mike Phel says: There are many things that a parent can do to help their teen understand how...

SIPDE -A FIVE Step Process to Help Crashproof New Drivers

SIPDE -A FIVE Step Process to Help Crashproof New Drivers

Driving is challenging because you need to do many tasks at once. You have to control the vehicle, watch the roadway and off-road areas, read...

What to Bring on your Spring Break Road Trip

{This post contains affiliate links} With Spring Break fast approaching and airline prices rising, a lot of families will choose to save some...

Valentine’s Vow for those that Ride Shotgun

Valentine’s Vow for those that Ride Shotgun

In January I wrote about how to keep your car tuned up and looking good as part of your New Year’s Resolution. This month, since February...

Are You Road Worthy?

Are You Road Worthy?

{This post contains affiliate links} It’s 10:00pm, you’re driving home from a friends house when all of a sudden “BOOM!”...

New Year, New Must-Have Car Accessories

New Year, New Must-Have Car Accessories

{This post contains affiliate links} Can you believe it’s already 2017? The number one New Year’s resolution is always self...

Add Regular Car Maintenance and Tune Ups to Your New Year Resolutions!

Add Regular Car Maintenance and Tune Ups to Your New Year Resolutions!

  A well-maintained car, just like a well-maintained body, will look better, work better, last longer … and save you money. It’s...

Getting Lucky on the Freeway

Getting Lucky on the Freeway

It’s March, the season of St. Patrick’s Day, Leprechauns and four leaf clovers. That’s the inspiration for this blog post about...

How to Avoid a Fender Bender in the High School Parking Lot

How to Avoid a Fender Bender in the High School Parking Lot

Did you know 1 in 5 crashes happen in a parking lot? That means there’s a pretty good chance your car, or the car you borrowed from your parents...

Melting Snow … and a Hazard of Springtime Driving

Melting Snow … and a Hazard of Springtime Driving

Does this look like a dangerous driving day to you? We all know winter driving is extra risky. But what about a hopeful day in March, when the sun...

What do I do if I see a drunk driver on the road?

What do I do if I see a drunk driver on the road?

What should I do if I witness drunk driving? Unfortunately, drunk drivers travel our roads every day and every night. The New Year‘s Eve Holiday...

Up is not Down

Up is not Down

I learned a very interesting fact the other day, and it has life-and-death implications for all of us who drive. Up is Not Down Most people...

Rings, No Belts and Too Many Buds: A Costly Combo

Rings, No Belts and Too Many Buds: A Costly Combo

As your teen prepares to hit the books and head to high school, it might be a good idea to check their accessories. However, we’re not talking...

Five things to do before heading out on a road trip

Five things to do before heading out on a road trip

As a seasoned traveler, both as a mom towing kids to hockey tournaments and now a snowbird that travels regularly from Minnesota to Florida, I...

Driver Eduction Programs are a waste of time and money

Driver Eduction Programs are a waste of time and money

IT’S TRUE! If you choose the wrong driver ed program – IT’LL COST YOU TIME AND MONEY WITH LITTLE OR NO RESULTS Many parents...

Teen Driving Lessons – Minnesota Women’s Press shares the story of my sons’ two car crashes

Teen Driving Lessons – Minnesota Women’s Press shares the story of my sons’ two car crashes

This month’s issue of the Minnesota Women’s Press is all about “Markers and Milestones.” Since learning to drive is a...

The Value of Taking a Driver Education Course

The Value of Taking a Driver Education Course

More and more people are waiting until they are 18 years old to get their driver license. One of the biggest reasons for this is that once you...

Driver Education: 6 Things Every Smart Parent Needs to Know

Driver Education: 6 Things Every Smart Parent Needs to Know

As a mom who had BOTH sons total cars within six weeks of each other,  I’m here to tell you that sometimes,  we don’t know … what we don’t know!...

My Granddaughter Isn’t Practice Driving Yet

My Granddaughter Isn’t Practice Driving Yet

Dear Mike: I am curious about Minnesota’s Driver Education requirements. I live in Wisconsin but have a granddaughter in the Minneapolis...

What Kind of Car Should We Buy for Our Teen?

What Kind of Car Should We Buy for Our Teen?

Dear Mike: My daughter will be getting her license soon and we’re getting ready to buy a car for her. Do you have any advice for us?...

How Can I Prepare My Younger Kids for Driver’s Ed?

How Can I Prepare My Younger Kids for Driver’s Ed?

Dear Mike: We’re still a few years away from driver’s ed, but I’m already worrying about it. Is there anything I can do now to...

When Should My Kid Start Learning to Drive?

When Should My Kid Start Learning to Drive?

Dear Mike: I’m wondering when my kid should start learning to drive. Some parents are telling me to start early. Others are saying to wait!...

Advice about Road Rage

Advice about Road Rage

Road Rage incidents are not that rare these days! Mike Pehl has advice for anybody who finds themselves in a frightening situation like the one...

What You Don’t Know … Can Hurt Your Teen!

What You Don’t Know … Can Hurt Your Teen!

Ask any parent about their teen starting to drive and you’ll get some very entertaining reactions: grimaces, cringing and worried sighs. Everyone...

Distracted Driving: Surviving the new “drunk driver”

Distracted Driving: Surviving the new “drunk driver”

Distracted driving is a huge concern for everyone on the roads right now … and especially for parents! That’s why our...

Five Ways to Reduce Your Risk When Driving

Five Ways to Reduce Your Risk When Driving

Many factors contribute to the degree of risk when you drive. Some are obvious, such as bad weather and poor roads. However, there are five less...

Top 4 teen crashes and How to Avoid Them

Top 4 teen crashes and How to Avoid Them

Most car crashes are preventable. That’s true for all drivers. It’s ESPECIALLY true for teenage drivers. Mike Pehl explains...

Behind the Wheel – How your teen can get the most out of those six hours of training.

Behind the Wheel – How your teen can get the most out of those six hours of training.

Professional Behind the Wheel instruction costs hundreds of dollars for just six hours of instruction. That’s a lot of money per hour for...