Teens' Biggest Threat is Sitting on the Driveway
Car crashes are the leading cause of preventable death for teens, but DriveitHOME, an NSC program, is committed to keeping new drivers safe by getting parents and caregivers more involved as their teens learn to drive.
To make this easier, DriveitHOME – in partnership with Honda – is offering parents, caregivers and stakeholders a free toolkit for this year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 15-21.
This free National Teen Driver Safety Week toolkit includes:
● Posters on safe driving topics
● Videos with tips for driving lessons
● The latest stats on teen driver safety
● A social media kit with posts for parents, stakeholders and driving instructors
● All resources available in both English and Spanish
Parental involvement doesn't end when a child gets a license. Teen drivers who continue to practice with their parents reduce their chances of being involved in a crash. This report from the Governors Highway Safety Association offers more information.
Visit DriveitHOME for a variety of helpful resources to help your teen get the experience they need behind the wheel.
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. The New Driver Deal outlines these rules.
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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 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
NSC and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation have released two reports that detail what the best GDL framework should include and the best strategies for implementation.