5 To Drive: National Teen Driver Safety Week

What is ‘5 to Drive’?

“5 to Drive” is a campaign launched by the National Safety Council (NSC) that focuses on educating parents and teenagers about the five most critical risks facing teenage drivers:

  1. Not wearing seat belts.
  2. Distracted driving, such as using a cell phone or other electronic devices.
  3. Drowsy driving, which can lead to fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel.
  4. Impaired driving, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  5. Speeding, which increases the risk of accidents and fatalities.

The campaign aims to encourage parents to have regular conversations with their teenagers about these risks, and to establish clear rules and consequences for breaking them. Additionally, the campaign also aims to educate parents on how to model safe driving behavior, and how to teach and monitor their teens while they are learning to drive. The NSC recommends that parents use the “5 to Drive” rules as a starting point for establishing their own rules and guidelines for their teenagers and tailoring them to their family’s needs.

‘5 To Drive’ Rules for Safe Teen Driving

Despite what they may say, your teens are paying attention and you remain their biggest influence, especially since you hold the keys to the car’ literally. With that in mind, this year’s safety week theme is the ‘5 To Drive’ outlining the five rules of the road parents and teens should discuss and agree on to ensure safe passage for their teen driver.

  1. No cellphone use of any kind while driving: No talking, texting, or posting
  2. No extra passengers who can cause distractions for inexperienced teen drivers
  3. No speeding
  4. No alcohol
  5. No driving or riding without a seatbelt

Open a dialogue with your teen driver and let your child know what you expect when he or she gets behind the wheel. Although driving IS a rite of passage, it is not a right, but a privilege that must be earned and carries with it great responsibility. Model good driving behaviors when your teen driver is riding with you and reinforce positive behavior by praising their good driving habits.

October 15-21, 2023 marks National Teen Driver Safety Week. We hope you never need us, but as always, the Becker Law Office is here to help if you or your loved one are injured in a motor vehicle accident.