CHP Works to Save Teen Drivers

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release about their mission to save teen drivers. Since automobile crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S., and teen drivers are among some of the most likely to engage in distracted behaviors behind the wheel, the CHP has designated April 4-10, 2016 as California Teen Safe Driving Week. They’re hoping to draw attention to the issues and the safety concerns impacting teen drivers across the state. This is a joint effort with Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Distracted Teen Drivers

There is research to suggest that teen drivers are distracted up to a quarter of the time they are driving. Since April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the CHP is hoping to raise awareness about one of the most likely age groups to engage in distracted behaviors behind the wheel. Whether teens are texting while driving or socializing with peer passengers, a variety of distractions can occur behind the wheel. Couple those distractions with new driver inexperience and other issues associated with adolescence, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Setting The Example

The CHP is reminding parents to set a good example for their teen drivers. Parental role modeling is essential for establishing safe driving habits. The CHP reports that the driving behaviors and attitudes of parents are the best predictors of a teen’s driving behavior. If you’re not buckled up all the time, you can bet your teen driver won’t be. If you’re on the phone while you drive, your teen will be too. Speeding, texting and a variety of other unsafe habits will be adopted by your teen drivers. Remember to set a high safety standard for your teen driver through your own behavior. It could save your child’s life or the lives of others.

Talk to Your Teen Drivers

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a great time to talk to your teens about safe driving habits. Although car crashes are the number one killer for teens in America, not all parents talk to their kids about the importance of safety behind the wheel and the unique hazards and concerns facing teen drivers today.


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