Teen driver safety guide: Getting on the road

Teen driver safety guide: Getting on the road

There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in an irreversible way, but we will begin to get back to “normal” and that includes getting back to school, back to work and back on the road. You have a big birthday coming up, the one that makes you eligible to start earning your driver’s license. But simply being old enough to get a license is no guarantee you are ready to earn one. Even when you do, there are going to be limits on what you can and can’t do behind the wheel. Some limits set by your parents and others that are a matter of law. Driving is of course a rite of passage for just about every American teen, but true maturity comes from following the rules of the road and appreciating their importance to driver and pedestrian safety.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Consider these statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): There were 3,255 Teen Drivers (15-19) involved in fatal crashes in 2017. Total teen deaths were 2,526 and 229 of those deaths were due to distracted driving.

The last thing most new drivers want to hear is another adult talking about responsibility. Most teens will struggle to hold back their eye-rolling and scoffing when exposed to all of the brochures, posters, videos and lectures about teen drivers. The reality is that adults, parents included, remember exactly what it was like to be your age. Be patient. Adult instructors have been where you are now; they are there to make sure you, and all those around you, are not endangered by your actions.

Check out the complete guide at Coverage.com.

Included in Guide

MIOSHA Workplace Safety and Health Review…Without Citations

MIOSHA’s “Take a Stand Day” offers an opportunity for employers to bolster their workplace safety and health by requesting a free consultative visit from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) with NO CITATIONS or PENALTIES. (However, employers must agree to correct all serious conditions.)
Across the state on August 12, 2020, MIOSHA is inviting employers to “Take a Stand” for workplace safety and health. For this 16th annual event, the MIOSHA program is dedicating more than 125 professional staff to visit Michigan industries targeted by the MIOSHA Strategic Plan. MIOSHA safety and health professionals, including compliance staff, outreach consultants, managers, and supervisors, will provide one-on-one consultations to address specific issues, such as:
  • Explain a specific MIOSHA rule.
  • Conduct a safety or health hazard survey.
  • Evaluate a safety and health management system.
  • Provide other requested technical assistance..
To schedule a visit complete a Request for Consultative Assistance (RCA) form electronically and submit to MIOSHA. (MIOSHA notes that the form works only when accessing it via Internet Explorer or FireFox browsers. It does not submit correctly via Google Chrome.)
The deadline to submit your request is July 24, 2020. You will be contacted two weeks prior to the date for scheduling. More information is available here.
August 12th not the most convenient day for your dealership? Not a problem! MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division also offers free safety and health assistance year-round. To learn more check out the CET web page. Also see: MIOSHA self-inspection checklist

Expiration of BFS-4s, Driver’s Licenses, Vehicle Registrations Extended Through Sept. 30

Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 876-878, which codify her previous Executive Orders, further extending the renewal dates for driver’s licenses, CDLs, state ID cards and vehicle registrations. Among the extensions outlined in the legislation, those with driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations expiring on or after March 1 have until September 30, 2020 to have them renewed. These acts take immediate effect.
We have confirmed with the secretary of state’s office that the expiration of BFS-4 temporary tags will also be extended through September 30, 2020.
All of the bills were sponsored by Senator Wayne Schmidt, R- Traverse City.
Sections of the bills pertinent to dealerships and your customers…
Enrolled Senate Bill 876: Section 216 (2) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a registration issued to a motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer, when driven or moved on a street or highway, that expires on or after March 1, 2020 is valid until September 30, 2020. If the registration issued to a motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer, when driven or moved on a street or highway, that is used for commercial purposes expires on or after March 1, 2020, the registration is valid until September 30, 2020.
Enrolled Senate Bill 877: Section 2 (26) Notwithstanding subsection (13), an official state personal identification card expiring on or after March 1, 2020 is considered valid until September 30, 2020. If the secretary of state receives an application to renew an official state personal identification card that expires on or after March 1, 2020 before September 30, 2020, the secretary of state shall process the application as a renewal of an existing official state personal identification card.
Enrolled Senate Bill 878: Section 4 (4) An enhanced driver license or enhanced official state personal identification card that expires on or after March 1, 2020 is considered valid until September 30, 2020.
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