With thousands of teenage drivers killed on the road each year, it is important to bring awareness to teens being safe behind the wheel. National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 20 – 26 this year, with a theme of “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that teen drivers are involved in three times as many car accidents as adult drivers. This is caused by several things, including “inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, drowsy driving, nighttime driving, and other drug use.”
Teendriversource.org gives some helpful ideas for practicing safe driving with teens including 65+ hours of supervised driving practice. Parents, be sure to teach your children critical driving skills including speed management, recognizing and avoiding distractions and being aware of hazards.
Although every day should be a safe driving day, take this week to go over important safe driving practices with your teen.
Written by Jenna Black
Jenna is an activist in her community and a lover of all things tech, especially smart home technology. Learn more