This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a time to have a talk with your children about being responsible on the roads. The problem: too many teens are dying on the roads. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15 to 18 years old) in the United States. There were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2015. An estimated 99,000 teen passenger vehicle drivers were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
From Drivers Ed classes to conversations at home, it is important to discuss topics like wearing a seat belt, cell phone distractions, and driving under the influence should be brought to new drivers attention now and all the time.
Teens buckle up less frequently than adults do. In 2013, over half of teens (ages 15-19) killed in crashes weren’t wearing a seat belt. They need to know that wearing a seat belt can make the difference between life and death. This week and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a passenger car, truck, or SUV.
Need help in having this conversation with your teen or new driver? Kuhl Insurance has developed a program for teen drivers called DRIVE16. The program provides an outside voice in educating new drivers about the important aspects such as safe driving, how auto insurance works, and what to do if they are in an accident. For more information on scheduling this program for your teen driver, please call our office!