National Teen Driver Safety Week 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hopes to bring awareness to issues that can help keep teenagers safe on the roadways during National Teen Driver Safety Week. The Campaign will run from October 20th to the 26th. Since many fatal crashes involving teen drivers are preventable, it’s important for parents to address safety concerns before their teen drivers get out on the road. This safety campaign will focus on the five rules every parent needs to address with his or her teen drivers.

Teen Driving Facts

• In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes.
• In the U.S., automobile wrecks are the number one killer of 14 to 18 year-olds.
• In the first six months of this year, there was a 20-percent spike in teen driver fatalities.
• In 2011, 270 people were killed in collisions involving distracted teens behind the wheel.
• Speeding was listed as a factor for 35 percent of fatal crashes involving teens in 2011.
• More than half of teen occupants who died in car crashes weren’t wearing seat belts in 2011.
• The risk of having a fatal crash grows significantly with the number of peer passengers riding in the car.
• Over 25 percent of all teen drivers killed in crashes in 2011 had some level of alcohol in their systems.

What Can Parents Do?

The NHTSA is urging parents to speak with their teen drivers about the “5 to Drive” rules for hitting the road. A recent study shows that only about 25 percent of parents have a “serious” talk with their teen drivers about safe driving habits. New teen drivers may not be aware that they are at a significantly higher risk for fatal crashes with one or more peer passengers in the car. Establishing the car as a “no cell phone-zone” is also a great idea. Additionally, it’s important to set good examples for teen drivers.

“5 to Drive” Rules for Teens

1. No Cell Phones
2. No Extra Passengers
3. No Speeding
4. No Alcohol
5. No Driving or Riding without Seatbelts

The NHTSA hopes to promote awareness about the major factors involved with fatal teen driving crashes. Parents can do their part by talking to their teen drivers about the “5-to-Drive” rules. Opening a healthy dialogue and speaking with teens about safe driving habits are great ways to help reduce fatal crashes involving teen drivers.

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