Announcing: National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26)
In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 16-19 years of age. In 2017, more than 2,300 teens (ages 16-19) lost their lives in car crashes. That’s six teens every day.
The leading causes of teen crashes and injuries include the following:
· Driver inexperience
· Driving with teen passengers
· Nighttime driving
· Not using seat belts
· Distracted driving
· Drowsy driving
· Reckless driving
· Impaired driving
To learn more about teen engagement in risky driving behaviors, such as alcohol-impaired driving, drug-impaired driving, and distracted driving, read CDC’s recent publication about alcohol and marijuana use among young injured drivers in Arizona and CDC’s 2018 publication about texting/emailing while driving among high school students.
Discuss your rules of the road with your teen, why they are important to follow, and consequences for breaking them. Create a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that puts these rules in writing to set clear expectations and limits.