The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to run their annual campaign for National Teen Driver Safety Week. This year, Teen Driver Safety Week runs from October 21-27. Officials with the NHTSA are encouraging parents to talk to their teens about the importance of safe driving behaviors. The NHTSA has a great set of Rules for the Road for teen drivers. These rules address some of the most common dangers facing teens behind the wheel.

Rules of The Road

  1. No cell phones while driving.
  2. No speeding.
  3. No passengers.
  4. No drowsy driving.
  5. No alcohol.
  6. Always buckle up.

Rules of The Road For Safe Teen Driving

These rules were designed specifically to combat the six major dangers facing teen drivers. From distracted driving to teen passengers, these risks can exponentially increase a teen’s likelihood of getting into an injury causing or potentially deadly crash. Teen drivers are less experienced than other drivers of the road, so it’s important to reduce the amount of distractions and other factors that might also contribute to a crash. Finally, buckling up is the single most effective way to improve safety in the event of a crash.

Teen Driving Crash Facts

  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the U.S.
  • In 2016, there were 2,288 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, of which 814 deaths were the teen driver, a six percent increase from 2015.
  • Of passengers killed in vehicles driven by teen drivers, more than half were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
  • In 85 percent of cases when the teen driver was unbuckled, the passengers were also unbuckled.

Teen Driving Safety in California

During National Teen Driving Safety Week, parents in San Diego and all across the country are being encouraged to talk to their teen drivers and soon-to-be teen drivers about the Rules of The Road. Parents are one of the biggest influences on teen behavior and choices behind the wheel, and driving is a privilege for teens.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a teen driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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