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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tips on Discussing Safety with your Teen Driver

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a campaign designed to give parents a simple checklist to use when discussing driving safety with their teens.  

In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, the NHTSA recommends that parents discuss one safety topic with their teens for five consecutive days.  This is an actionable way parents can cover major safety topics within one week, without overwhelming their teen with information in one sitting. 

The five recommended topics, referred to as “5 to Drive,” address the top five most dangerous behaviors for teen drivers:

1. No alcohol – The minimum legal drinking age in every state is 21. However, in 2013, among 15- to 20-year-old drivers killed in crashes, 29 percent had been drinking.

2. No cell phone use or texting while driving – Texting or dialing while driving is more than just risky – it’s deadly. In 2013, among drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 11 percent were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the highest percentage of drivers distracted by phone use. In 2013, 318 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted teen driver.

3. No driving or riding without a seat belt – In 2013, more than half (55%) of all 15- to 20-year-old occupants of passenger vehicles killed in crashes were unrestrained.

4. No speeding – In 2013, speeding was a factor in 42 percent of the crashes that killed 15- to 20-year-old drivers.

5. No extra passengers – NHTSA data shows that a teenage driver is 2.5 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors when driving with one teenage passenger and three times more likely with multiple teenage passengers

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds in the United States. By using this simple checklist and proactively talking with teen drivers, parents can protect teens, their passengers and other drivers. 

If you have been injured in an accident and need help with your claim, contact attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864 for a free consultation.   

 

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