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As we near the end of National Teen Driver Safety Week 2017, we want parents to be informed and motivated to make the right driving decisions with their teens.
Recent data has shown that roadway fatalities, including teen car crashes, are still on the rise. To end this epidemic and keep our youngest drivers safe, parents need to take action. We covered many steps parents can take in our blog post earlier this week, and here are few more tips to try out as your teen gains driving experience.
Tip #1: Take Drowsy Driving Seriously
Teens are busier than ever with studying, part-time jobs, extracurricular activities and hanging out with friends. A consequence of this is that teens often miss out on the eight to 10 hours of sleep they need, which can put them at serious risk behind the wheel.
Studies have shown that driving without proper sleep is similar to driving drunk – being awake for 18 hours is the equivalent of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05%. So, make sure your teen has had enough sleep before driving, and make it clear that they can always call you for a ride home if they don’t feel safe to drive.
Tip #2: What Parents Can Do
With the many risks facing teen drivers on the road, it is easy to feel nervous and overwhelmed. But parents can have a much bigger impact on their teen’s driving behavior than you’d think. Remember: You are your teen’s driving role model. The safer you drive in front of them, the more likely they’ll be to adopt those safe habits.
This applies to the lessons you teach, as well. Talk openly and honestly with your teen about responsible versus unsafe driving choices, just be sure to always back it up by being a safe driver yourself. Visit our site for tips and resources on talking to your teen regularly to help them be the best driver they can be.
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.