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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about their efforts during National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 15-21, 2017). This week, CHP officials are calling on parents to prepare their teens for safe driving experiences. Since car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, the CHP has a variety of resources to help raise awareness about this deadly nationwide epidemic. The CHP is calling on parents and caregivers to set rules for teen drivers before letting them get behind the wheel.
Firm Driving Rules Can Make a Difference
Setting rules and entering into contracts with teen drivers are great ways to improve their safety behind the wheel. Since driving is one of the most important privileges for most teens, parents can easily leverage important safety guidelines into the conversation about driving. The CHP recommends setting safety rules and guidelines that address factors that are commonly associated with injury-causing and fatal crashes involving teen drivers. If teen drivers know up front, what is and isn’t allowed behind the wheel in order to keep driving, they’ll be more likely to engage in responsible and safe driving behaviors.
Factors Associated With Fatal Crashes Involving Teen Drivers
Driver inexperience isn’t the only factor impacting safety behind the wheel. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to a greater crash risk for teen drivers. These factors include texting and distracted driving, alcohol use, speeding, not buckling up and additional peer passengers. Put a limit on how many peer passengers can ride in your teen’s vehicle. Each additional teen passenger dramatically increases the risk of a crash. Make a contract with your teen driver, and follow through if any rules are broken. It could save his or her life.
Teen Safety Behind the Wheel: Start Smart
In addition to raising awareness about the risks and dangers associated with fatal teen driving crashes, the CHP has developed various programs to help improve teen safety behind the wheel. One of those programs is called Start Smart, and it’s a driver safety education class for new and future teen drivers and their parents and guardians. They’ve even released a mobile application (app) that includes a step-by-step guide for obtaining a California driver license.
If you have been injured in a car accident in California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.