With that freedom comes a great burden, however. As you know, driving can often be a harrowing experience, and unfortunately accidents are common on our roadways. With this information, it is vital that your teenager learns the ins-and-outs of safety on the road before setting off.
Why specifically teenagers? Consider the fact that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in young adults ages 14-18, according to the NHTSA. Besides for their relative inexperience behind the wheel, other issues that plague teenage drivers include driving distracted, speeding, or failing to utilize their safety belt.
Even though teens are at risk, a recent survey from the NHTSA showed that only 25% of parents have had a serious conversation with their kids about driving safely on the road.
In order to make driving a safer experience for everyone, especially teenagers, the NHTSA will launch "National Teen Driver Safety Week" from October 19-25th.
The highlight of their campaign? Parents should be implementing the "5 to Drive" rule:
1. No Cellphones
2. No Alcohol
3. No Extra Passengers
4. No Driving Without a Seatbelt
5. No Speeding
These five simple tips could be the difference between arriving home safely and causing an accident. Please talk with your teenagers, and remember "5 to Drive".