National Teen Driver Safety Week

Car accidents are the leading cause of deaths among teens. That’s why law enforcement officials, parents, schools, and policymakers are emphasizing laws and safety measures during National Teen Driver Safety Week October 21-27, 2018.

This event has highlighted the dangers teens face behind the wheel for the past 11 years and has given advocates a chance to lobby for measures such as increased seat belt checks.

It also offers parents and schools the opportunity to discuss certain issues with teens such as:

  • Speeding—High speeds factor into 21 percent of serious crashes caused by teen driver errors. Young people need to learn not only to adhere to speed limits but also to manage their speeds in various driving conditions and situations. 
  • Seat belt Use—Passengers and drivers are 30 times more likely to get ejected from vehicles during accidents if they aren’t wearing seat belts. Parents need to urge their children to buckle in as soon as they climb into a driver’s seat. 
  • Impaired Driving—Alcohol factors into 25 percent of crash fatalities in the United States among people under age 21. And, sleep deprivation can affect a person in the same manner as a blood alcohol level of 0.08 (legal intoxication). Teens need to understand their limitations, and they also need to recognize impaired drivers when they see them. Parents can take Teen Driver Safety Week as a chance to reassure their children that they can call for a ride whenever necessary.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has put together materials advocates can use to educate teens about safe driving practices, including Rules for the Road. Parents can also use this handy Parent-Teen Driving Agreement to outline the rules for vehicle use and the consequences for breaking them.

Visit the NHTSA’s website for more helpful information on teen driving and tips for discussing safety with your children.