The National Teen Driver Safety Week is an event which has been established nine years ago, in 2007, by the Congress. This year it is due to 16-22 October. Authorities at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are concerned about the safety of teen drivers and the number of accidents that they are involved in.
The campaign of the National Teen Driver Safety Week is addressing both teen drivers and their parents. Parents are always concerned about their children when going anywhere in their car or a motorbike, especially because the drivers lack experience.
According to the CDC, there is an increased risk of accidents with drivers aged 16 to 19, than that with adults. Statistics show that teen drivers are up to ten times more prone to crashes than people aged over twenty. Car crashes stand also as the main cause of death for teenagers in the United States.
Most accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Modern devices that are widely used by teenagers are to blame when they get distracted, even if they are driving. They shouldn’t text or check the feedback on their social media account while driving, as authorities advise them.
Distractions can also come from outside the vehicle. This is why one of the golden rules when driving is to always keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. You must always buckle up and make sure passengers have also put their seat belts on.
Authorities explain that speed is also one of the factors that caused many of the car accidents. Teen drivers are prone to make mistakes such as going too fast, or getting distracted because of their lack of experience. However, driving a car is a huge responsibility for drivers because they are responsible for their own lives, as well as that of passengers, pedestrians and other drivers in the traffic.
Even if teens pass their driving tests with flying colors, parents should always pay attention to their driving skills. They should remind them the rules and accompany them from time to time on their rides, as it is quite clear that teen drivers can get extremely excited when holding the wheel.
The National Teen Driver Safety Week aims to remind teen drivers to be always cautions because driving a car allows you to enjoy freedom more, but also implies responsibilities. Are you a cautious driver?
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