NHTSA Gearing Up For Teen Driver Safety Week 2021
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently gearing up for National Teen Driver Safety week. This year, Teen Driver Safety Week runs from October 17th through the 23rd. During this time, officials with the NHTSA are calling on parents to have important conversations with their teen drivers and soon-to-be teen drivers. This year’s campaign is focused on the Six Rules For The Road for teen drivers. The 2021 slogan is “No Keys Until You Know The Rules.”
The Six Rules for Teen Driver Safety
- No cell phones while driving.
- No speeding.
- No drowsy driving.
- No passengers.
- No alcohol.
- Always buckle up.
How to Talk To Teens About Safe Driving
Don’t expect your teens to get this education anywhere else. Talk to your kids about the six rules of the road. Although you may feel like most conversations go in one ear and out the other, it’s proven that parents having conversations about driving has an enormous positive impact on teen driver safety. Teens want the responsibility and freedom that driving affords, and they’re willing to play by the rules if you open the dialogue.
U.S. Teen Driver Crash Stats
- In 2019, there were 1,603 young drivers (ages 15 to 20 years old) who were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.
- An estimated 205,000 young drivers were injured in crashes in 2019.
- Although young drivers were only 5.3 percent of all licensed drivers in 2019, they accounted for 7.8 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes.
- Of the young drivers killed with known restraint use, 46 percent were unrestrained at the time of the crash in 2019.
Improving Teen Driver Safety on U.S. Roadways
This year, officials with the NHTSA are urging parents and caregivers to talk to their teens about safe driving and the Six Rules of The Road. Driving is a big responsibility, and making sure your teen knows the importance of following these rules is a great way to set them up for success when you send them out on the roadways.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a teen driver in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.