National Teen Driver Safety Week
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to publicize their annual Teen Driver Safety Week campaign. This year, Teen Driver Safety Week will run from October 18th though the 24th. Since traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, the NHTSA is hoping to bring attention to teen driver safety and raise awareness about the issues facing teen drivers and passengers. During Teen Driver Safety Week, parents are also encouraged to talk to their children about the “Five to Drive” rules and staying safe behind the wheel.
Teen Traffic Crash Statistics
- In 2013, there were 2,614 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes.
- In 2013, almost one out of five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.
- 64 percent of all the young passengers of teen drivers who died in car crashes weren’t restrained in 2013.
- 11 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were reportedly distracted at the time of the crash.
- In 2013, almost one-third of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
Talking to Your Kids About Teen Driver Safety
The results of a recent survey show that only about 25 percent of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about driving. The NHTSA is encouraging parents to bring up the topic and talk about the key components of driving and the dangers facing their teen drivers. Driver inexperience isn’t the only factor impacting teen drivers behind the wheel. From texting while driving to extra peer passengers, a variety of factors can impact a teen driver’s safety, and they can dramatically reduce their chances of being involved in an injury causing or fatal crash by following the “Five to Drive” rules.
The Five to Drive
- No drinking and driving.
- Buckle up. Every trip. Every time. Front seat and back.
- Put it down. One text or call could wreck it all.
- Stop speeding before it stops you.
- No more than one passenger at any time.
The NHTSA has a variety of resources for parents and teen drivers. Opening a dialogue about safe driving is a great place to start. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Teen Driver Safety Week.