Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance, including illicit or prescription drugs, could have deadly consequences.
Research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) shows that the key risks facing teen drivers include driver distraction, hard braking and cornering, speeding, and nighttime driving - especially for new teen drivers. "It is important that we equip them with the right knowledge and provide them with the rules that will ensure they stay safe on the road", said New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky.
Inexperience is one of the leading causes of teen collisions.
"Distracted driving is unsafe for anybody, but it is particularly risky for teen drivers because we see that nearly 6 out of 10 of their crashes are caused by distraction and oddly enough the number one distraction for teen drivers is having other teen passengers in the auto", says Matt Nasworthy a AAA Spokesperson. Having recently taught my son EJ how to drive, I know how nerve-wracking it can be for us - and them! Roughly 60 percent of those fatal accidents involved a teen being distracted while behind the wheel; about a quarter involved teens who had been drinking. NHTSA data shows that over 50 percent of teen drivers killed in auto crashes were unbelted in 2016, as were more than 60 percent of teen passengers who perished. The latest results from State Farm show that the number of IN teens involved IN fatal vehicle crashes has gone down 30% between 2005 and 2015. "It will take a holistic approach that combines education, experiential learning, and enforcement to change the driving culture to one that is distraction-free".
To bring awareness of teen driver safety among teens and parents, top tire manufacturer Michelin has teamed up with football legend -; father of a teen driver -; Emmitt Smith in an educational campaign, "Coaching Your Teen Driver". Not surprisingly, the study found that more than half of teen drivers (57 percent) would prefer to learn driving skills from someone other than their own parents. Education of new drivers and their families is regarded as a critical function by the CHP to help keep everyone safe on California's roadways. 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.
Knowing the difference between helpful connected auto technology and technology that is a distraction will be essential to the safety of our newest drivers and it's up to parents and guardians to help educate them on this important topic.