October 19-25, 2014 is National Teen Driver Safety Week! It's a set aside opportunity to talk with our young drivers about safety topics and taking specific measures that could save their lives. It's a chance to encourage them to use their seat belts and to be attentive to the road, to never text and drive. We need to make them aware of the dangers of impaired driving, distracted driving and get them to focus on the road every trip!
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 years of age in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. You are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot to learn. You can teach them and you may just help save their lives.
Even if you think they don't hear you, they do and remember to share with them the five specific rules designed to help save their lives: "5 to Drive" – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.
- No cell phones while driving.
- No extra passengers.
- No speeding.
- No alcohol.
- No driving or riding without a seat belt.