OTS Message: Important Summer Driving Tips to Keep in Mind

Summer road trips!

Today we have message from the California Office of Traffic Safety:

School is out, the heat is on, and the time for summer road trips has officially arrived.  While some may stay close to home and others will venture across the state, California’s roads are sure to be bustling in the coming months. The California Office of Traffic Safety would like to remind all drivers to plan ahead, stay safe and make smart choices when preparing for summer travel plans – no matter where they may take you. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind before hitting the road:

Plan Ahead

  • Plan your route, estimate your travel time and make others aware of your plans prior to hitting the road.
  • Be prepared for unforeseen delays, including roadwork or detours.
  • Look into road conditions prior to the start of your trip. To view real-time highway conditions, visit www.dot.ca.gov.

Check Your Vehicle

  • Inspect your tires (including the spare) for good tread and proper inflation.
  • Confirm that your A/C is working properly, and thoroughly check your vehicle’s engine, battery, fluids, hoses and belts.
  • Clean the windows (inside too) to ensure optimal visibility, and be sure to test all lights and wipers.
  • Always consider a simple inspection by a qualified technician if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s condition. Just a few dollars upfront can prevent costly expenses later, in addition to providing reassurance and a safe arrival to your destination.
  • Don’t forget to assemble an emergency roadside kit. For a list of what to include, visit www.ots.ca.gov/roadside_emerg_kit.asp.

Make Safe Choices

  • Always avoid performing a tire change or repair work on a freeway shoulder. If possible, exit the highway and move out of traffic lanes.
  • If you think you may be consuming alcohol at any point, ALWAYS plan ahead and designate a sober driver.
  • Do not hesitate to call 911 if you see a drunk or dangerous driver on the road.  Using your cell for this is legal and encouraged.

Keep Passengers in Mind

  • Ensure young passengers are using the correct child seat, and confirm that it is installed correctly. Visit www.ots.ca.gov/Child_Passenger_Safety.asp prior to the start of your trip for car seat safety and installation tips.
  • Remember to plan ahead to keep children occupied and the driver focused. Pack plenty of snacks, toys, books or DVDs to keep them busy, and cool drinks in preparation for the heat.
  • Don’t forget to keep children under 12 in the backseat.
  • NEVER leave a child alone in a vehicle, even with the windows open. A parked vehicle can reach 120 degrees inside when outside temperatures are only in the 80s.

Stay Focused

  • Do not text, talk, “app”, or adjust your cell phone GPS while driving. Anything beyond one tap or swipe is against the law and dangerous.
  • Allow enough time to stop for breaks, food or just time to rest. Consider switching driving duties with a passenger if you begin to feel tired or fatigued.

For more summer driving tips, or to learn more about other OTS efforts, visit www.ots.ca.gov. The California Office of Traffic Safety wishes you a fun, memorable and safe summer!

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC

06/19/2017 1:24 PM

7 Software Programs All Driving Schools Should Use To Save Time And Money

Good morning!

Today a guest post from our good friends at Drive Scout:

Driving schools can be quite profitable when you use the right tools to save both time and money.

Especially when utilizing a solid driving school software suite.

Let’s look at some of the software programs that I now use on a daily basis. They have saved me tons (and I mean TONS) of money, countless hours, and aggravation.

Read more. . .

Have a safe and productive holiday weekend everyone,

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC

05/25/2017 9:24 AM

OTS Message: Important Car Safety Tips for Parents This Summer

The weather is warming up!

Today we have message from the California Office of Traffic Safety:

Look Before You Lock – Important Safety Tips for Parents This Summer

As summer temperatures begin to rise, families will start making preparations for summer vacation and outings. For many, summertime is often the most fun, but unfortunately, it can also be the most dangerous – especially for children. Whether enjoying the outdoors, a road trip or a day of family fun, it’s important to keep in mind the dangers that are associated with kids in hot vehicles.

Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. Children can overheat up to five times faster than adults – leaving a child in a vehicle that can rise 20 degrees in temperature within only 10 minutes or 50 degrees in an hour can cause serious injuries and could turn into a tragedy. While the outside temperature may be 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees. On a 100 degree day, it can be 160 degrees inside.

Leaving a child alone in an unattended vehicle is illegal in California, and the consequences are serious — severe injury or death of child caused by heatstroke, being arrested and jailed, and a lifetime of regret. From 1998-2014, a total of 636 children lost their lives as a result of heatstroke in hot vehicles. Sadly, 2017 has already witnessed two child heatstroke deaths.
To avoid contributing to these astonishing statistics, the California Office of Traffic Safety reminds parents, caregivers and other family members to keep the following important tips in mind this summer:

  • Get into a routine – develop a habit of always checking the backseat before you lock it and walk away.
  • Place a stuffed animal next to you, or your phone, briefcase or purse near your child’s safety seat – this will be a gentle reminder that your child is in the car.
  • Set a daily routine check – if others are in charge of dropping your child off, request that daycare providers contact you if your child is ever late to arrive or never arrives.
  • Do not assume that parking in a shaded area is safer or cooler. This can be equally as dangerous for your child.
  • Teach your child that vehicles are not a play area. Keep your vehicle locked and always keep your keys out of reach. Three in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gets access to a vehicle.

If you see a child left alone in a vehicle, call 911 immediately, get the child out of the car, spray the child with cool water, stay with them until help arrives, and have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them. Heatstroke can occur in outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees – do not assume that a lower outdoor temperature means they are safe.

OTS wishes you, your family, and your children a safe and wonderful summer. For additional safety tips and information on OTS campaign efforts, please visit the OTS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS or follow OTS on Twitter @OTS_CA. For more information on all OTS efforts, visit www.ots.ca.gov.

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC

05/23/2017 9:26 AM

Are You Ready To Franchise Your Driving School?

Good morning!

We are here with another guest post from our good friends at Drive Scout:

You’re a rock star! Can you be a driving school franchise star too?

You did everything right and the money started rolling in. The road to success may have been a bit bumpy during the journey, but your driving school is doing great and turning a profit.

As an owner myself, I offer my warmest congratulations. I know that many schools fail. However, many – like yours, succeed.

So now that your driving school has discovered the formula for success, what’s next?
Read more. . .

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC

05/18/2017 10:01 AM

Department of Rehabilitation Looking For A New Driving Instructor

Good morning!

Today we have a job opening from the California Department of Rehabiliation:

The Mobility Evaluation Program is looking for a new driving instructor. We are part of the California Department of Rehabilitation and we work with disabled clients. The minimum requirements for the position are one year of experience providing behind-the-wheel instruction to disabled clients/students and an education equivalent to graduation from college (preferably with a major in education.)

I was hoping you could share this information with DSAC members. Anyone who might be interested in the position, and meets the qualifications, can contact Kenneth Reynolds: kenneth.reynolds@dor.ca.gov for further information.

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC

05/10/2017 11:28 AM

May Is Bike Safety Month!

Today we have message from the California Office of Traffic Safety:

Whether you’re driving in a car or motorcycle, walking or bicycling, the road belongs to everyone equally. As drivers, too often we only look out for ourselves on the road and forget that motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians use the roads to travel to get to their destination, too.

May is National Bicycle and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The California Office of Traffic Safety wants to remind everyone to always be aware of your surroundings and share the road with others, no matter how you choose to utilize the roads.

In 2014, 128 bicyclists were killed in California alone. To help prevent further fatalities from occurring, here are some reminders for both drivers and bicyclists to keep in mind:

  • Always wear a helmet when biking. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.
  • Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators and are required to obey the same rules of the road as others. Obey traffic signs and signals, lane markings and always ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers: Wear fluorescent or brightly colored clothing and use reflectors or lights on your bike, day and night.
  • When driving, share the road with bicyclists. Allow at least three feet of clearance when passing bicyclists on the road and watch for them at intersections and while making turns.

Motorcycle fatalities increased 12.1% from 463 in 2013 to 519 in 2014. To help prevent the number of fatalities from rising, here are some reminders for drivers and motorcyclists to keep in mind:

Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. A Department of Transportation (DOT) certified helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a motorcycle crash.

  • Motorcyclists should position themselves in the lane where they will be most visible. Blind spots often make it hard for drivers to see when changing lanes, so always make sure you are positioned in the best way possible to be seen.
  • Always use turn signals as well as hand signals. Draw attention to yourself by combining both, and drivers will be more likely to see you.
  • Motorcyclists should train for safety. Both new and returning riders can learn the newest safety techniques through training. Sign up at cmsp.msi5.com.
  • When driving a car, always check your blind spots for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are especially hard to see when changing lanes, so always be aware and check your blind spots twice.

For more information on National Bicycle and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, please visit www.ots.ca.gov. The California Office of Traffic Safety wants to remind everyone to always be aware and share the road!

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC
04/19/2017 9:26 AM

Drive Scount Guest Post: 7 Ways to Increase Profit at Your Driving School

Good afternoon!
Today we have a guest post from our friends at Drive Scout:

As the owner or manager of a driving school, do you ever feel completely lost when it comes to your business finances? The truth of the matter is that you’re not alone. Because of low driving school profit margins and high operating costs, schools simply fail, no matter how good they are.

Read more. . .

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC
05/02/2017 2:20 PM

DSAC Honors the Passing of Buck Matoushek

Today our hearts are heavy,

as our industry has lost another great man.

Long time DSAC Board Member, Seminar MC, and industry colleague Buck Matoushek passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. A memorial services will be held on:

Thursday April 20TH, 2017 @ 3PM Gateway Church
1280 North Johnson Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020

Rest in peace Buck,

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC

04/12/2017 10:59 AM

5 Tips to Make This Summer Your Most Profitable Ever

Good morning!
Today we have a article from DSAC Partner, Drive Scout!

Is your driving school ready for summer?

If you’re a driving school owner, you’re probably anticipating the upcoming summer months with both excitement and a bit of anxiety. That’s because you know the cash will start rolling in, but will it roll in at the rate you expect and need to carry your school during the leaner months?

So, the question is…are you REALLY, really ready for summer?

Read more. . .

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC
04/10/2017 10:31 AM

DSAC Survey: Southern California Chapter Meeting Survey

Good afternoon!

We have a brief survey for you today.
A Southern California Driving School Chapter meeting will be held in Murrieta, CA 92563 on the week of April 17 – 23 and we would like to know if you’re interested in attending.
We expect this to be an evening meeting from approximately 7:30 PM – 9 PM. Refreshments will be provided and attendance will be free and open to all those interested.
Please take a moment to fill out our survey below,

Josh Mayes
Past President, DSAC

04/04/2017 10:59 AM
https://goo.gl/forms/dxQpOcM6OxkuFpDx2