In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. In 2016, more than 2,400 teens (ages 16-19) lost their lives in car crashes. That’s six teens every day. National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 21-27, 2018 and aims to:
- Help prevent crashes involving teen drivers,
- Increase awareness of safe driving practices, and
- Educate parents and teens about the dangers of driving.
What Can Parents Do to Keep Teen Drivers Safe on the Road?
Parents are one of the most important safety features for teen drivers. Parents can discuss the rules of the road with their teen, including why they are important to follow and consequences for breaking them. They can also create aParent-Teen Driving Agreementthat puts these rules in writing to set clear expectations and limits.
CDC’s Parents Are the Key campaignhelps inform parents about the key role they can—and should—play in protecting their teen drivers. “Parents Are the Key” campaign materials can be used to help parents learn aboutthe most dangerous driving situationsfor their young driver and how to avoid them.
This week and always, keep teen drivers safe on the road!