A driver’s license can endow teenagers with significant new freedoms. Despite the fact that teens have to complete driver’s education classes and pass licensing exams to get their driver’s license, however, many of these young motorists may:
- Still lack the necessary experience to safely operate a vehicle under certain conditions
- Still make irresponsible choices when driving.
That is why officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently promoted National Teen Driver Safety Week in an effort to get parents more involved in encouraging safe driving behaviors among their teens. As the NHTSA has pointed out about teen drivers:
Teens aren’t ready to have the same level of driving responsibility as older adults. Teen drivers have more fatal crashes, mainly because of their immaturity and lack of experience.
When parents model and reinforce safe driving habits, they equip their teens with the skills to safely navigate the roadways for life… Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about behaviors that will keep them safe, and those that create greater risk.
So, parents, the NHTSA is asking you to get involved by talking about the following driving topics with teen drivers.
Leading Causes of Fatal Teen Driver Accidents
Driving drunk – Even though it’s illegal for teens to have any alcohol in their systems when driving, teenage drunk drivers comprise about 1 in every 3 teens killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. each year.
- Driving while distracted – While distracted driving is an issue among motorists of every age, it is particularly problematic among teen drivers, as more than 1 in every 10 deadly car accidents caused by a teen driver involved a distracted teen motorist.
- Speeding – Driving at excessive speeds contributes to about 42 percent all teen driver fatalities that occur each year.
- Driving around other teens – Other teen passengers can make it twice as likely that teen drivers will speed, be distracted or engage in other dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. What’s more is that this risk increases when more teen passengers are riding with young drivers.
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