National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 21-27. It’s the perfect time to talk to any teenage drivers in your life about how to stay safe whenever they are on the road.
Learn about and avoid the greatest dangers for teen drivers
Alcohol and Drugs
Driving under the influence of any impairing substance, including marijuana, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medication, could have severe consequences. Alcohol and drugs affect a driver’s ability to react, making it extremely dangerous to drive under the influence. It is illegal for teens to buy, possess, or consume alcohol or marijuana.
Among fatal accidents involving passengers and teen drivers, more than half (54%) of the passengers were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Wearing a seat belt can save your life, and encourage others in the car to buckle up, too.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from driving, including eating and drinking, picking a new music playlist, using a navigation system, and talking and texting on the phone. In 2016, 1 in 10 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes was reported as distracted at the time of the crash. To stay safe, stay committed to the road directly ahead of you.
In 2016, 31% of all teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding. By obeying the speed limits, teen drivers will be better prepared to react to changing circumstances on the road.
As the number of passengers increases, so does the risk of a crash. Having more people in the car can lead to distracted driving.
With all of the activities in a teen’s day, it’s important to get enough rest. Teen drivers should make it a habit to observe their drowsiness levels before getting on the road. If they’re too tired, they should rest and only drive when alert and ready.
According to the US Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15 to 18 years old in the US. Talk to the teens in your life and spread the word about the importance of safe driving practices.
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