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Did you know that it’s National Teen Driver Safety Week ? At DriversEd.com, basically every single week is devoted to teen driver safety. So naturally we couldn’t miss this opportunity to talk about helping teens be safer drivers.
Trends in Teen Driver Safety
Let’s begin with facts and figures. Check out the infographic below to see some trends from 2008 to 2011.
On the whole, there’s reason to rejoice: many risky behaviors are on the decline, and fewer teen drivers and passengers were killed in automobile crashes.
But the numbers also point to areas that still need major improvement:
- 58% of teen drivers killed in collisions weren’t wearing seat belts
- 52% were speeding
- 33% of teens admitted to texting or emailing while driving
Talking to Teens about Safe Driving
Parents, you can play a huge role in your teen’s safety behind the wheel. Make sure your teen is educated on how to be safe, responsible driver. Most states require some form of drivers education and in-car training , and for good reason.
Also think about whether you’re demonstrating good driving behavior when you’re in the driver’s seat. Setting a good–or bad–example can be more influential than you might think.
Most importantly, take the time to talk to your teen about safe driving behavior. National Teen Driver Safety Week might almost over, but it’s never too late to start the conversation about risky driving behavior. These 5 to Drive topics from the NHTSA are a good place to begin.
- No cell phones behind the wheel.
- No extra passengers.
- No speeding.
- No alcohol.
- No driving or riding without a seat belt.