Sadly, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenage drivers and their peer passengers aged 15 to 19 years.
However, these car crashes don’t have to be inevitable. Through education and appropriate safety measures, these tragic deaths can be averted.
During National Teen Driver Safety Week, which is taking place October 18-24, educators, teenagers, and parents can come together to help prevent these accidents.
It’s imperative for teenagers to recognize the importance of making good driving decisions before getting behind the wheel. National Teen Driver Safety Week is a great time for educators and parents to encourage teens to make driving safely a priority.
Making a pledge to follow some proven, life-saving practices is a great way to bring awareness to the importance of driving safely. Make a pledge with your teenager that includes the following:
- Never accept a ride with anyone who is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Only drive when fully rested and capable of focusing on roadways. It’s important for teens to know that drugs and alcohol aren’t the only type of impairment; fatigue and strong emotions such as being really upset or angry can also cause a serious lapse in judgment which can adversely affect one’s ability to drive safely.
- Always avoid distractions from cell phones, and never text and drive.
- To minimize distractions and increase safety, only one passenger is permitted in the vehicle at a time. This is an extremely important rule, as peer pressure from other teens can result in a significant amount of otherwise preventable teen car accidents.
- Wear a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt at all times
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