October 20, 2014
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds, both in Iowa and in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey show that only 25 percent of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. You are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot to learn. You can teach them and you may just help save their lives.
Take some time this week to talk to your teen driver about the five driver behaviors (shown below) that are within their abilities to control. Does your teen tell you that they don’t text while driving? Don’t stop the conversation there. Ask about SnapChat, Instagram or Twitter… it’s not just about texting anymore!
It might be a good time to reflect on your own driving habits. Parents are the biggest source of information and imitation for children and teens, whether we like it or not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2JWM6hppWY&feature=youtu.be
Here are the top five things you can discuss with your kids:
Great engineering is critical to the success of transportation worldwide. Great engineering is dependent on great engineers. The ability to get kids excited about technical fields early in life will be key in the Iowa DOT’s ability to later hire these problem solvers to take our transportation system into a quickly changing future.
Nationally, the charge to increase education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that will mold technical minds has brought much attention, but how early is too early to begin introducing our future engineers and scientists to the disciplines?
For years, the Iowa DOT has collected traffic data using sensors embedded in the pavement or mounted at the side of the road or on other structures such as bridges or weather stations. The data is very useful to both travelers wanting real-time traffic speeds and transportation planners looking at ways to improve the system.
Are you ready for winter? The Iowa DOT is. The agency’s traditional winter season runs from Oct. 15 to April 15. Craig Bargfrede from the Iowa DOT’s Office of Maintenance, said, “Most years, the start to the season is pretty uneventful, like we expect it to be this year. But we do everything we can to plan ahead and be ready to keep the roads in great shape should an early winter set in.”
To quote the Iowa’s Drivers Manual, defensive driving means “To be a good driver, you must know what is happening around your vehicle. You must look ahead, to the sides, and behind the vehicle. Scanning helps you to see problems ahead, vehicles and people that may be in the road by the time you reach them, signs warning of problems ahead, and signs giving you directions.”
A shorter version of the definition could be, “Drive like your life depends on it”, because it does.
Check out this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36Q0HRS_GI8&feature=youtu.be