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A Teen's Biggest Safety Threat is Sitting on the Driveway

National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 16-20

Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. Parental involvement doesn't end when a child gets a license. Teens who continue to practice driving with their parents increase their chances of avoiding a crash.

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, Mission Not Accomplished: Teen Safe Driving, the Next Chapter, offers more information.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors Teen Driver Safety Week each year in October. Parents are the biggest influencers on their teen drivers, even if you think they aren't listening.

NHTSA reminds parents to set the rules before they hit the road with "5 to Drive":

  • No cell phones while driving
  • No extra passengers
  • No speeding
  • No alcohol
  • No driving or riding without a seat belt
  • Laws Aren't Enough - But Household Rules Can Come Close


    No state has laws strong enough to fully protect new teen drivers. Household rules about passengers, nighttime driving and cell phone use can fill gaps in state laws. A New Driver Deal outlines these rules. Learn more.

  • Teens Crash Because They Are Inexperienced Drivers


    Contrary to popular belief, teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things. Learn more.

  • Best Practice GDL Framework

    NSC and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation released a new report detailing what the best GDL should include.

    Download Report
  • teenSMART

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    ​​​Computer-based training that significantly improves crash avoidance skills and is proven to reduce crashes, recommended by NSC.

    Download teenSMART

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