Car crashes are the leading killer among teens in the U.S. Teen drivers oftentimes make dangerous choices while behind the wheel due to their lack of maturity, a susceptibility to risk-taking behaviors and inexperience. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “5 to Drive” campaign aims to raise awareness about the crucial role parents play in reducing the number of teen-related motor vehicle crashes.
- No Cell Phone Use / No Texting while Driving: In 2012, ten percent of the people killed in teen crashes were driving distracted;
- No extra passengers: A teen driver is 2.5 times more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors when driving with another teenager passenger in the car and three times more likely with multiple teen passengers in the car;
- No speeding: In 2012, speeding was a factor in almost half (48%) of the crashes that killed 15- to 20-year-old drivers;
- No alcohol: 28% of fatal car crashes among drivers’ ages 15-20 years of age involved alcohol;
- Buckle Up. In 2012, 60% of all 15- to 20-year-old occupants of passenger vehicles killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
As parents, we must serve as role models for our children while behind the wheel. Teens often pattern their behaviors after what they observe from others. Establish a zero-tolerance policy with your teen driver: Unsafe driving = NO driving. Enforcing these five simple steps can encourage smart choices, help avoid risk-taking behaviors and ultimately save your child’s life.
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