Attending prom, experiencing a first kiss, and applying to college are only a few rites of passage for a teen. However, none of these activities are nearly as risky or dangerous as the iconic marker of teendom: learning to drive and earning a driver’s license. With great reward and freedom, comes great responsibility. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year-olds.
This National Teen Driver Safety Week, make it a priority to start a conversation with your teen about safe driving. Keep the conversation positive, and focus on the driving skills they have mastered. Remember that mastering safe driving is an ongoing process; accordingly, your conversations should be ongoing as well.
For more information on topics to cover, check out NHTSA’s strategy on preventing motor vehicle related deaths and injuries among young people. Finally, take the Safe Driver Pledge together and show your dedication to roadside safety.