Parents, this coming week, federal transportation safety regulators are asking you to talk to your teen about “one traffic safety topic each day,” with the topics including “the most risky behaviors among teens, [including] alcohol, texting, failure to wear seat belts, speeding, and riding with extra teen passengers.”
This is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual 5 to Drive campaign, which is scheduled to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week. Focused on getting more parents to discuss driving safety with their teens, the NHTSA has pointed out that “a survey shows that only 25 percent of have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving.”
Why Talking to Teens about Driving Safety Is So Crucial, According to the NHTSA
One of the reasons that few parents may be discussing driving safety with teens may be that parents believe that teens are fully equipped to navigate the road after taking driver’s education and passing driver’s license tests.
However, the NHTSA points out that:
Teens don’t get into crashes because they are uninformed about the basic rules of the road or safe driving practices; rather, studies show they’re involved in crashes as a result of inexperience and risk-taking. Young drivers, particularly 16- and 17-year-olds, have high fatal crash rates because of limited driving experience and immaturity that often result in high-risk behavior behind the wheel.
That’s why, these authorities have noted that, “As a parent, it’s essential that you step up and take a proactive role in keeping your teens alive and injury-free.
Top 5 Dangerous Behaviors among Teen Drivers
So, here are the five things1 that the NHTSA hopes parents will point out to teen drivers this coming week:
- Always buckle up – Auto accidents happen, and wearing a seatbelt is the single easiest way to reduce the risk of a serious or life-threatening injury. It can actually reduce this risk by 45 percent.
- Avoid driving with other teen passengers – Having another teen in the car can double the risk of dangerous driving behaviors. The risk triples where there are two or more other teens riding with a teen driver.
- Never speed – More than 41 percent of the fatal collisions involving teen drivers also involved speeding.
- Avoid all distractions behind the wheel – No call or text is more important than focusing on the road. Distracted teen drivers are responsible for about 11 percent of all deadly accidents caused by 15 to 20 year olds each year.
- Never drink and drive – About 29 percent of teen drivers killed each year were drunk drivers.
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1: Statistics from the NHTSA