Teen Driving- Be Safe

I talked to my teen about safe driving. www.cdc.gov/parentsarethekey

According to the CDC, Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers
Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens and they take over 4,000 young lives every year. The main cause of teen crashes is driver inexperience. All new drivers—even straight-A students and “good kids”—are likelier than experienced drivers to be involved in a fatal crash.

You can make a difference by getting involved with your teen’s driving. Take advantage of the “Parents Are the Key” tools and resources. Learn about the most dangerous driving situations for your young driver—and how to avoid them.

The CDC suggests this;
Talk with your teen about the dangers of driving. Express your concern for his or her safety and well-being.

Extend your teen’s supervised driving period: Include at least 30 to 50 hours of practice over at least six months.
Make sure your teen always wears a seat belt.
Limit your teen’s nighttime driving. Fatal crashes for 16-year-olds happen almost twice as often at night than during the day. Be sure your teen is off the road by 9 or 10 PM. This is most important during the first 6 months that he or she has a license.
Restrict the number of teen passengers allowed in the car. Nearly 2 out of 3 teen crash deaths involving 16-year-old drivers happen when a new driver has one or more teen passengers.

Participating Organizations

In fall 2009, “Parents Are the Key” was launched in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Columbus, Ohio, with the help of these participating organizations.

AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyExternal Web Site Icon

American Academy of PediatricsExternal Web Site Icon

Arkansas Department of HealthExternal Web Site Icon

Arkansas PTAExternal Web Site Icon

Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s HospitalExternal Web Site Icon

Franklin County Board of HealthExternal Web Site Icon

Franklin County Safe CommunitiesExternal Web Site Icon

Grant Medical Center, Trauma ProgramExternal Web Site Icon

Heart of Arkansas United WayExternal Web Site Icon

Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital External Web Site Icon

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)External Web Site Icon

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Prevention Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Research)External Web Site Icon

National MOST Of Us Institute for Social NormsExternal Web Site Icon

National Safety CouncilExternal Web Site Icon

National Safety Council, Central Ohio ChapterExternal Web Site Icon

Nationwide InsuranceExternal Web Site Icon

Ohio Chapter, American Academy of PediatricsExternal Web Site Icon

Ohio Department of HealthExternal Web Site Icon

Ohio Department of Public SafetyExternal Web Site Icon

Ohio State University Medical Center, Level I Trauma CenterExternal Web Site Icon

Riverside Methodist Hospital Trauma ServicesExternal Web Site Icon

Safety Council of the OzarksExternal Web Site Icon

Somali Community Access Network: SomaliCANExternal Web Site Icon

The Allstate FoundationExternal Web Site Icon

Thompson Defensive Driving Systems External Web Site Icon

University of Maryland, School of Public Health, Department of Public & Community HealthExternal Web Site Icon

YMCA of Central OhioExternal Web Site Icon

YMCA of Metropolitan Little RockExternal Web Site Icon

Crash Facts

Teen drivers are four times likelier to crash than older drivers.
Crash risk goes up when teens drive with other teens in the car. Nearly two out of three teen crash deaths that involve 16-year-old drivers happen when a new driver has one or more teen passengers.
Night-time fatal crash rates for 16-year-olds are nearly twice as high as daytime rates.

Is your teen ready? www.cdc.gov/parentsarethekey

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