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Educating Teen Drivers in the Connected Car Age

Educating Teen Drivers in the Connected Car Age

"What is really important is for parents to share their own safe driving stories with their teens and making sure the teens have a chance to practice their new skills", said Scott Clark, chief operating officer for Michelin North America and head of the company's passenger vehicle business. "Parents and caregivers are urged to talk about safe driving behaviors with their teens to address the most risky and deadly teen driving behaviors: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and driving with passengers".

Note: Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The extraordinarily high teen crash rates are unacceptable and it is our core mission to save lives", says Charlie Klauer, a research scientist and the leader of the Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. For National Teen Driver Safety Week, Hum by Verizon, commissioned a survey to uncover the impacts technology can have for teen drivers. Speeding is a factor in almost 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, according to AAA. It includes a facilitator-led interactive presentation for parents and teens that focuses on the benefits of parental involvement when teens are preparing or actively learning to drive, and is supported by a comprehensive resource guide and companion website. Despite not being legally allowed to buy alcohol, nearly one out of five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking, according to 2015 data from the NHTSA. There is no such thing as having too many conversations about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving - as well as practicing what is being preached.

Getting a driver's license is one of the first, and most lasting, rites of passage for teens.

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Parents can play an important role in helping ensure their teen drivers take smart steps to stay safe on the road. Ask your teen not to text while they're driving and to limit other distractions, such as eating, fiddling with controls, or talking to passengers.

TxDOT says state and national laws are not doing enough to protect drivers who are new to the roads. Make sure your teen gets a good night's sleep; their grades, their friends, their passengers, and other drivers will thank them because they'll be a safer driver.

Tragically, 22 of those 2017 traffic deaths in the Commonwealth have been teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age.* With this initiative being held during National Teen Driver Safety Week, it's important to highlight the fact that half of all teens will be involved in a vehicle crash before they graduate from high school.


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