National Teen Driver Safety Week..

Safe Driving Saves Lives

Maryland Auto Insurance Fund urges young drivers to consider the benefits of safe driving!

ThinkstockPhotos-452749201National Teen Driver Safety Week is the week of Oct. 18-24. With this initiative parents are urged to talk to their teens about the “5 to Drive”. The “5 to Drive” campaign highlights the five necessary rules that teen drivers need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, texting, seat belts, speeding, and extra passengers.

Talk About Safety With Your Teen

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the US. In 2013 there were 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured. Yet, only about 25 % of parents have had a serious talk with their teenagers about the seriousness of driving and the key components involved. Parents need to make the time to speak with their kids about the dangers of driving. These dangers include:

Alcohol– Almost one out of five (19 percent) teen drivers (15 to 19 years old) involved in fatal crashes have been illegally drinking.

Seat Belts– In 2013, 64 percent of all the young passengers (13- to 19-year-old) of teen (15- to 19-year-old) drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes weren’t restrained. When the teen driver was also unrestrained, the number of all passengers unrestrained increased to almost 90 percent.

Texting– In 2013, among drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 11 percent were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the highest percentage of drivers distracted by phone use.

Speeding– Almost 1/3 of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes are speeding.

Passengers– Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in a car.

From October 18-24, join parents across the country in the “5 to Drive” campaign.


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