Get Involved in National Teen Driver Safety Week
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Oct 22, 2015 in Car Accidents
Designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to bring awareness of safe driving habits to teen drivers, National Teen Driver Safety week is this week, October 18—24, as the NHTSA chose the third week of October to celebrate this valuable cause.
Parents and their teen drivers are strongly encouraged to participate in National Teen Driver Safety Week to help reduce the frequency of teen-related car accidents. Each year, more than 2,500 teens are killed in car accidents and approximately 130,000 teens are injured. And with West Virginia being the eighth most dangerous state to drive in, a good understanding of safe driving habits is imperative for drivers of any age.
To help teenagers learn life-saving driver safety tips, parents should learn the “Five to Drive” rules and share them with their teen. Sharing the “Five to Drive” rules can help parents foster a lasting bond with their teen, as well as potentially help save their life.
The “Five to Drive” rules are as follows:
Always Wear a Seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives, and they should be worn at all times when inside a moving vehicle. Approximately 55% of teens who perished in car accidents in 2012 were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the car crash. Insist your teen wear their seatbelt every time they get in a vehicle, regardless if they’re the driver or the passenger.
Never Text and Drive. Texting while driving causes three deadly types of driver distractions, which means your teen is more likely to take their eyes off the road (visual distraction), their hands off the wheel (manual distraction), and their mind off of driving (cognitive distraction) when they text and drive. This can greatly increases their chance of being in a fatal car accident.
Always Obey the Speed Limit. It’s not uncommon for teens to drive too fast for road or weather conditions, and it’s even more common for teens to drive fast in order to “show off” to their friends. Make sure your teenager knows the risks involved with speeding, and encourage them to drive the speed limit at all times.
One Driver—One Passenger. A teenager is more likely to engage in distracted driving or risky driving behavior when more than one passenger is in the vehicle with them. In fact, in several states, having more than one passenger in a car driven by a teenager is against the law. To keep your teen safe, don’t allow them to drive with more than one passenger.
Never Drink and Drive. Twenty-one may be the legal drinking age, but roughly one-third of all teen drivers killed in car accidents were intoxicated at the time of the crash. Please insist your teen driver never drinks and drives, and insist they follow this rule all the way through adulthood as well.