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National Teen Driver Safety Week 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently gearing up for National Teen Driver Safety Week. This year, the week runs from October 20-26. During this week, and throughout the rest of the month, officials with the NHTSA are encouraging parents and caregivers to have conversations with their teens about the important rules that they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel. These six rules are focused on the greatest dangers facing teen drivers on U.S. roadways. Listed below are the six rules for the road for teens.

 

Learn the Six Rules for the Road for Teens

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

 

Keeping Teens Safe on U.S. Roadways

In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, of which 755 deaths were the teen driver. The NHTSA has compiled data from years of research to find out exactly what factors put teens at a higher risk for injury-causing and fatal crashes. That’s how they came up with the six rules for the road for teens. While most of these are important rules for everybody in the family to follow, no matter what their age and driving experience, teens are at a particularly high risk for getting into crashes due to their inexperience and possible immaturity behind the wheel, especially when mixing in risky driving behaviors.

 

Car Accidents Caused by Teen Drivers in San Diego

Since parents can be the biggest influences on teen behaviors behind the wheel, it’s absolutely critical to model good choices while driving. Don’t stop there though. The NHTSA recommends taking the time to talk to your teen about some of the riskiest driving behaviors. It may also help to implement a contract with teen drivers, to help ensure they have a stake in and comply with the six rules for the road.

If your child has been injured or if you have been injured in a crash involving a teen driver in or around the San Diego or Central Coast areas, 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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