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Road Safety Tips for Teenage Drivers

Updated on May 1, 2017

Every year, thousands of young people die in car crashes on American highways. The leading cause of accidents involving teenagers is driver inexperience, followed by drugs and alcohol.

How can we make our teen drivers safer? The best way to insure against accidents and fatalities is by taking an active role in your child's life. Make sure they know how to drive safely and responsibly. Set specific rules for your teenager to follow and stick to them.


10 Teen Driver Safety Tips

Guidelines for Teenage Drivers

Buckle Up! - Always wear a seat belt every time you get in a car and make sure your passengers wear their seat belt. It's the law in most states. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of injuries or death in case of an accident.

No Alcohol or Drugs - Alcohol and drugs are illegal and driving under the influence can slow your reaction time and alter your thinking. Don't ride with someone who may be influenced by alcohol or drugs. If you need to, call a friend or family member to pick you up.

Know the Rules of the Road - Make sure you know the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws and signs. No speeding, tailgating or driving recklessly. Speed kills!

Avoid Distractions - Avoid distractions while driving. This includes playing with the radio, eating, talking or sending text messages on a cell phone, etc. If you need to make a phone call, find a safe area to pull off the road before making the call.

Stay Alert - Don't drive when you are tired and sleepy. Falling asleep at the wheel could end in a tragic accident. Always get plenty of sleep before taking a trip or driving long distances.

Drive With Headlights On - Driving with your headlights on during daylight hours will help oncoming drivers to see you.

Share the Road - While driving, always be aware of other drivers on the road including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Stay away from aggressive drivers.

Keep an Eye on the Weather - Be alert to changes in weather and road conditions. Driving in adverse weather may put yourself and others at risk.

Drive a Safe Car - Your vehicle will need routine maintenance to keep it running properly and safely. Check brakes, belts, fluids, hoses, lighting systems, tires, windshield wipers and other safety systems regularly.

Be Prepared - When on the road, pack an emergency roadside assistance kit in the trunk of your car. The kit should contain items such as jumper cables, flashlight, batteries, blanket, and first aid kit. Always be prepared!

Drive Safely and Responsibly


National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct 15-21, 2017

Obey the Rules of the Road


The #1 Cause of Teen Driver Accidents in America

Teenage drivers are at a greater risk of having a motor vehicle accident than any other age group. What do you believe is the #1 cause of teen driver accidents?

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