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2016 New Years Resolutions for Young Drivers

2016 Resolutions for Young Drivers

(Technically, this could also apply to experienced drivers. So parents, you’re not off the hook.) Happy New Year! At Safety 1st, we like to dream big. Our biggest hope for 2016 is that NO young people will be killed as a result of driving accidents (or anything, really, but obviously our focus is on driving). Our life’s […]

Driving Tips for the El Niño Winter

Driving Tips for the El Niño Winter

An El Niño weather pattern has been predicted for the United States this winter. It could be one of the strongest in U.S. history, according to some reports. The effects are expected to last through February. According to U.S. News, El Niño occurs when a shift in winds leads to warmer water in the eastern portion of the Pacific Ocean than usual. […]


Teen Driver Charged with Manslaughter

On October 4, 2015, six teenagers (ranging in ages from 14-16 years old) were in a 1995 BMW heading home from Knott’s Scary Farm around 2 AM when their car veered off the freeway, crashed through the guardrail, went up the embankment, and went up in flames. Five of those teenagers perished. The driver, then-16-year-old Bradley […]

4th of July Safety Tips

4th of July Driving Safety Tips

It’s summertime again! Pool parties, beach bonfires, backyard BBQs, family gatherings and reunions, and don’t forget one of our all-time favorite holidays, Independence Day! What a great day it is, to celebrate our country’s freedom. Unfortunately, for many this great day becomes a tragedy. Alcohol consumption is very popular on the 4th, as people get […]

9 Motorcycle Safety Tips for New Drivers

Sunday, May 17 at around 2 p.m., a 20-year-old male motorcyclist collided with a 19-year-old female driver on Fairview Road in Costa Mesa near Adams Avenue. Sadly, the motorcyclist died. (source: Daily Pilot) This happened in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon in Costa Mesa. Don’t be naive, folks – a deadly accident can happen anywhere, […]

Cinco de Mayo Safety Tips

Happy Cinco de Mayo! If you’re celebrating this fun and festive holiday (which, by the way, is NOT the Mexican Independence Day), good for you! However, as your trusted driver’s education school, we would be remiss if we did not provide you with some Cinco de Mayo safety tips. I mean, come on – our name […]

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Behind-the-Wheel Distractions = A Recipe for Disaster April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month This message is courtesy of the California Office of Traffic Safety. Read the official press release here. Keeping both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road sounds simple enough, right? But these driving fundamentals become nearly impossible when a […]

“Every 15 Minutes” Campaign at Newport Harbor High

Ever heard of the “Every Fifteen Minutes” Campaign? It’s a school-based alcohol prevention program aimed at eliminating alcohol use among adolescents and teenagers. It’s based on the statistic that every 15 minutes, someone dies from an alcohol-related car crash. Here’s how the program describes itself: Life’s lessons are best learned through experience. Unfortunately, when the […]

The Importance of Slowing Down at Intersections

Have you ever run a red light? Perhaps you overestimated your ability to make it through the intersection in time. Or maybe you were distracted, adjusting your radio station or – gasp!– texting. If you have blown through a red light, hopefully it didn’t result in an accident. (And hopefully it sufficiently panicked you to […]

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

New Year’s Eve. A wonderful evening of being with friends and family, reminiscing about the year behind and wistfully expecting the year ahead. But for some, this fun-filled night will end in disaster and tragedy. That disaster may take the form of a DUI, or worse – a drunk driving accident that injures or even […]