Teen Driver Safety Week
National Teen Driver Safety Week began on Sunday, and it continues through October 21st. The campaign, put on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) hopes to stop fatal crashes among young and inexperienced drivers.
This week is about reminding teen drivers and parents just how important safe driving habits are for them and everyone else on the road. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens that are 15 to 18 years old.
In 2008, Connecticut passed tougher laws that were aimed to improve safety for teen drivers. The state says these laws are working. Some of these laws include, new drivers can’t have another passenger in the car with them, teens can’t drive late at night until they turned 18, and not being able to talk on the phone, even if it’s hands-free. A federal study shows that since these restrictions went into effect, there’s been a 53% decline in the number of people killed in car crashes that involved a 16 or 17-year old driver.
The Need for Reminders
Yet, laws can only do so much. It is important for parents to remind and teach their teen drivers safe driving habits. Thus, parents need to have conversations often about the dangers of underage drinking, impaired driving, driving while distracted, using seat belts, and obeying the speed limit.
As always, an important part of teaching your teenagers safe driving skills is to “practice what you preach.” Thus, if you frequently break the speed limit laws, run red lights and talk/text illegally on your cell phone, don’t be surprised when your teens follow your example.
Finally, one way to get teens thinking about safe driving is the statewide contest hosted by the Connecticut DMV and sponsored by Travelers. This year’s theme is “Teen Safe Driver: Could This Be You? Every Second Matters.” To learn more information on the video contest please visit here.