NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK
In honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week from October 21-27, Carter Chevrolet wants to remind parents to have conversations with their teens about safe driving.
Did you know that the number one threat to your teen’s safety is driving with other teens? This week and every week, have a conversation with your teen driver about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel. Teen drivers do not have as much experience behind the wheel, and dangers like alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers causes extra risks.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teens (15 to 18 years old) in the United States, which is ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. In 2016, 1,908 drivers aged 15 to 20 years old died, according to the NHTSA. That is a 2.1 percent increase over 2015.
Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the road today. Cell phones are one of the leading distractions.
One in three teens who text say they have done so while driving. Did you know that research has found that dialing a phone number while driving increases your teen’s risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times. Ultimately, talking or texting on the phone takes your teen’s focus off the task of driving, and significantly reduces their ability to react to a roadway hazard, incident, or inclement weather.
Seat Belt Use
Parents need to lead by example, by wearing their seat belt at all times. It’s important to remind your teen driver that wearing a seat belt could make the difference between life and death. In 2013, over half of teens (ages 15-19) killed in crashes weren’t wearing a seat belt.
Carter Chevrolet Cares
During National Teen Driver Safety Week, take the time to sit down with your teen drivers to review the importance of being safe behind the wheel. Carter Chevrolet hopes that you will take this opportunity to talk with your teen driver, and set aside some time to take your teen driver on practice driving sessions. This could be a great way to spend time together. Finally, make sure to keep the conversation about safe driving going regularly to help ensure that your teen driver stays safe out on the road.
Consumer Reports has a list of recommended new and used vehicles for teen drivers. Consider checking out the Chevrolet Equinox, Malibu, and Sonic. As always, we’re here to help, so if you would like more information about these Chevrolet vehicles or want to schedule a test drive, give us a call at 860-646-6464.