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We’re halfway through National Teen Driver Safety Week, and to help parents improve the safety of their teens we’ve organized a few tips to act on this week.
Tip #1: Stay Involved
The purpose of National Teen Driver Safety Week is to draw attention to the risks teens face on the road, but these efforts won’t make an impact if parents don’t get involved. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15 to 18 years old) in the United States – ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence.
If you want to help protect your teen, and the other drivers sharing the road with him or her, it is imperative that you get involved and stay involved, even after your teen obtains a license. Visit our past blog posts and check out our video page for ideas on how to stay involved with your teen driver’s safety this week and every week.
Tip #2: Relate the Risks of Passengers
Did you know that having a single young passenger in the car with your newly driving teen can increase the chance of a fatal crash by 44%? Teens have a tendency to take driving risks when behind the wheel with friends, and this applies to younger siblings, as well. While your teen might be excited to give rides to friends and younger siblings, the increased risks aren’t worth it.
To better understand how passengers affect the safety of your teen driver, check out our page on passengers and learn how long your teen should go before driving other passengers around.
Tip #3: Avoid Cellphone Use
Teens and cell phones seem inseparable, but when behind the wheel they can be a deadly combination. Whether it’s a phone call, a text, or social media post, even hands-free cell phone use is too distracting for drivers and must be avoided.
In 2015, among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, 10% were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. To help protect your teen driver, make an effort to include cell phone use in your parent-teen agreement and regularly reiterate how important it is to keep cell phones out of sight when driving.
Check back later this week for more tips to try out during National Teen Driver Safety Week.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.