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From October 19th through October 25th, National Teen Driver Safety Week is been sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This nationwide campaign is aimed at increasing the public’s awareness that:

  • Motor vehicle accidents are currently the number one cause of death among 14 to 18 year olds in the U.S.
  • Talking to teens about the risks and responsibilities of driving can be incredibly powerful to instilling safe driving habits in teens – and possibly even saving lives.

As a result, the NHTSA is encouraging parents to discuss driving safety with their teens and to “Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.”

5 to Drive Is Central to National Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week is been sponsored by the NHTSA to encourage parents to talk to their teen children about the risks and responsibilities of driving.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is been sponsored by the NHTSA to encourage parents to talk to their teen children about the risks and responsibilities of driving.

As a central part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the NHTSA has reinvigorated its 5 to Drive campaign, which outlines five specific things that parents should speak to their teen children about prior to letting them get behind the wheel. In particular, the five issues referred to by the campaign’s name, 5 to Drive, include:

  1. Not using cellphones (including no texting) when driving
  2. Not driving with other teens in the vehicle (to minimize distractions for less experienced motorists)
  3. Not speeding
  4. Not drinking and driving
  5. Always using a seatbelt.

In addition to discussing these important elements of driving safety with teens, parents are being encouraged as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week to:

  • Familiarize themselves with their state’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws before allowing their teen children to start driving
  • Continue to be good driving role models for their children by complying with all traffic laws, putting down cellphones when driving and otherwise exemplifying good driving habits.

In support of National Teen Driver Safety Week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has explained, “despite a declining trend, young drivers remain the largest percentage of crashes and deaths on our roads and we must all do more to change that… it’s vitally important that anyone responsible for a teenager, including teens themselves, join our 5 to Drive campaign.”

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