25 Oct Parents Talk to Your Teens about 5 to Drive, NHTSA Urges (Pt. 2)
Picking up from where we left off in Parents Talk to Your Teens about 5 to Drive, NHTSA Urges (Pt. 1), below we will continue to highlight the specific points that parents are urged to discuss with their teen drivers as part of the NHTSA’s ongoing 5 to Drive campaign.
More Issues to Discuss With Your Teen Driver as Part of 5 to Drive
In addition to talking about complying with speed limits and putting down cellphones when driving, the remaining three points to discuss with teen drivers, as part of the 5 to Drive campaign, are as follows:
3. Wear your seatbelt always – Whether teens are drivers or passengers in vehicles, parents are encouraged to urge their teens to always wear their seatbelts when they drive or ride in vehicles. The simple act of always wearing a seatbelt can prevent people from being thrown from vehicles in the event of collisions, potentially saving their lives.
As NHTSA officials have reported, approximately 60 percent of people 20 years old and younger who were killed in motor vehicle accidents last year were not wearing seatbelts prior to the fatal collisions.
4. Don’t taxi around other teens – Teens are one of the worst distractions for each other when it comes to driving, and the mere presence of even one other teenage passenger in a vehicle being driving by a teenage motorist can more than double the risk that the motorist will drive recklessly, carelessly and/or aggressively.
In fact, when two or more teenage passengers ride with a teen motorist, the risk that the motorist will engage in risky driving behaviors triples.
So, as you go over this point of the 5 to Drive campaign, be sure to let your teen know that it’s not OK for him or her to cart other teenagers around. Similarly, (s)he shouldn’t ride around with other teen drivers. Both situations are risky and can lead to distracted driving-related motor vehicle accidents.
5. Never drink and drive – Teens should legally not be consuming alcohol. However, if they do make the decision to drink, they should never drive until they are totally sober. It’s likely no surprise to you, but your teen driver may be shocked to know some of the statistics associated with drunk driving and fatal car accidents.
One you can point out is that drunk teen drivers often end up killing themselves, as nearly 1 out of every 3 deaths in fatal DUI accidents caused by teen drivers involved the death of the drunk motorist.
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