Share the risks of distracted driving with your teen drivers to help keep them safe.
Educate your kids with sobering facts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries in 2010. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of teens in the United States. As you educate your teens on how to drive safely this summer, make sure they know the danger is not all in your head.
Talk about drunk driving
Make sure your teens know that you’re available as a resource for safe rides home. Teens can get overwhelmed or scared and make a bad decision when it comes to driving after drinking or experimenting with drugs. Make yourself available as a designated driver and let them know that you're there to help.
Talk about distractions
In some areas, teen drivers aren’t allowed to drive with passengers who are under 20 or 21. The reasoning behind this centers around distractions. When teens drive together, the likelihood of distraction goes up. Socializing, music, texting and horseplay can lead to a distracted driver and that can lead to motor vehicle crashes. Disaction.gov reports that cell phone use was cited in 18% of motor vehicle fatalities. Let your teen know that social time happens when the car is not in motion. This is the safest option for everyone involved.
You can help keep teens safe on the road by warning them of the potential dangers and communicating regularly. Learn more about educating teens about safe choices at LiveFree!