October 21 through 27 marks National Teen Driver Safety Week. The Becker Law Office supports this awareness campaign promoting safe driving for teens.

Teen Driver Statistics

Statistics back up that anguish shared by parents of teen drivers everywhere. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports:

  • Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year olds
  • 16-year olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age
  • Driver death rates of inexperienced drivers increase with additional passengers
  • Majority of fatal car crashes involving teen drivers occur on Friday, Saturday or Sunday
  • May, June and July are statistically the deadliest months for teen drivers
  • Teen motor vehicle accident injuries and deaths are most likely due to inexperience, distracted driving and failure to use seatbelts

‘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 your 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.

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.