Last updated on November 19, 2019 at 10:00 am
Tips for Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe!
Teens, put the smartphones down, fasten your seat belts and listen up: October 20-26, 2019 is National Teen Driver Safety Week.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 15- to 20-year-old drivers are most at risk on the road.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young drivers. Teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as any other age group of drivers out on the road.
Killer distractions. That’s because inexperienced drivers are prone to distractions such as loud music, texting and driving, no seat belt use, and drowsy or late night driving under the influence. Each of these are safety hazards alone, but put them together and you have a recipe for disaster.
Parents, before you hand over the keys … Here are six quick rules to put into force for your teen drivers before they head out with the keys:
- No more than one friend in the car at a time
- Obey speed limits & don’t drive aggressively, especially in high traffic areas and in bad weather
- No cell phone use while driving
- No drug and alcohol use
- Turn down the volume on the stereo
- Wear your seat belt
For additional ideas on instilling safe driving habits your teens can use now and in the years ahead, check out the TeenDriverSource.org’s fact sheet, from the Research Institute at Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital.
And remember, kids learn from their parents – so make sure you are committed to driving safely. The evolution of safe driving has come a long way in the past 50 years. Talk to your teen and take the pledge to fight distracted driving together today – check it out here.
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