Today’s tip –
Don’t let a driving infraction increase your cost of driving

Car maintenance, gas, parking and insurance are vehicle-related costs that add up. While you can’t avoid those costs, you can avoid the $128 to $2,000 that a driving infraction could cost you. Aside from the legal, health and safety issues involved with careless or dangerous driving, traffic infractions mean money out of your pocket.

Typical costs for driving infractions in Minnesota:

$128 fine - failing to yield at yield sign

$145 fine - driving at an unsafe speed    

$178 fine - driving carelessly

$228 fine - failing to take instruction from a work zone flagger

$1,000 – $2,000+ - driving while under the influence    

You can avoid these costs by:

Be a role model for your soon-to-be-driving kids

If you have children, be sure to model behaviors you want your soon-to-be-driving teens to develop.

A study conducted by Ford Motor Company found that eight out of 10 teens and tweens have seen their parents speeding, texting or engaging in other risky behaviors behind the wheel. Many of those children — 78 percent of tweens and 66 percent of teens — also describe their mothers and fathers as potential role models for how they will behave on the road.

And more than half of parents (51 percent) had been urged by their children to slow down, stop texting or refrain from other risky behaviors.

Source: Hennepin County Health@Work

 

Published Mar 14, 2012