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Did you know?
- Motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of our nation’s teens, claiming about 3,000 lives every year.
- The main cause of these accidents is lack of experience.
- Teens are four times more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers.
- Crash risk goes up when teens drive with other teens in the car.
- Night-time fatal crash rates for 16-year-olds are nearly twice as high as daytime rates.
Parents, Get Involved!
As a parent or guardian, you have the greatest influence on your teens driving and behavior. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched “Parents Are The Key”, a campaign encouraging parents to take an active role in their teens driving and safety. Some of the suggested actions are listed below.
- Practice driving with your teen as often as possible. This will allow them to gain experience and become safer drivers.
- Make sure that your teen knows that a seat belt must always be worn by them as well as any passengers at all times.
- Do not allow your teen to drive when crashes are more likely to occur, such as at night and with teen passengers in the vehicle.
- Be sure to learn and enforce state driving laws and make sure your teen fully understands these laws.
- Discuss your expectations for your teen’s driving and consequences of not following these rules. You can reinforce these expectation with a teen driver/parent agreement.