Teen Driver Safety Week Highlights Safe Driving For Young People
National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) takes place during October 20th-26th this year. The week-long awareness campaign highlights the safety concerns surrounding young teenage drivers.
We should all be aware of how our younger, less-experienced drivers may be at more risk for car accidents and injures on the road. For instance, a full three-quarters (75%) of teen crashes are related to distracted driving, driving too fast or failing to respond to hazards quickly enough. Parents and driving educators play a vital role in ensuring that teen drivers are aware of the need to manage their speed, pay full attention to the road and detect hazards in time to avoid them.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has developed a list of “house rules” for first-year teen drivers. Among them are starting with only adult passengers, no bad-weather driving, wearing a seatbelt, and never using cellular phones while driving (even to talk). CHP points out that car crashes are the number one cause of death for adolescents; any attempts to lower this tragic number are laudable and should be encouraged.
Nevertheless, in spite of peoples’ good efforts, there will still be many car accidents on the road this year. Sometimes car accidents will only injure the at-fault driver; other times, innocent victims may be involved in the crash.
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