Parents Get Help Coaching Teen Drivers from Michelin, NFL Star

Law enforcement, safety groups remind teens to stay safe behind the wheel

Although there are other factors that deserve some of the credit for the impressive change, key among them that more teens are waiting a few years before getting their licenses, that shouldn't diminish the role IL played in being at the forefront of adapting a sensible approach to teen driving. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

Note: Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Teen Driver Safety Week is an ideal opportunity for parents and caregivers to talk to inexperienced drivers about risky behaviors that can lead to fatal consequences behind the wheel, and it is also a good time to talk about the strides the MVC has made towards promoting safe driving among this vulnerable population".

One of the top priorities to talk to your teen about should be buckling up every time, in every seat.

The campaign features a downloadable handbook that includes practical road safety advice for coaches and trainees, as well as a series of "offensive" and "defensive" driving plays to master with your teen driver. Having recently taught my son EJ how to drive, I know how nerve-wracking it can be for us - and them! In 2015, 531 passengers died in a auto, truck, or SUV driven by a teen driver, and 58 percent of those passengers were NOT buckled up at the time of the fatal crash.

Start talking now. Talk about the learning-to-drive process.

"Just because they do get a full-fledged drivers license and make it through driver's ed, it doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to practice with an adult or someone supervising them to help continue that education", he said.

Auto crashes remain the number one killer of teens, but over the past decade tremendous advancements in safety and education have resulted in a drop in deaths involving teen drivers.

The Goleta PD is aware of the importance of role models in a youth's development.

Getting a driver's license is one of the first, and most lasting, rites of passage for teens.

Avoid Driving Tired. Teens are busier than ever - studying, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and spending time with friends are among the long list of things they do to fill their time.

Tragically, 22 of those 2017 traffic deaths in the Commonwealth have been teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age.* With this initiative being held during National Teen Driver Safety Week, it's important to highlight the fact that half of all teens will be involved in a auto crash before they graduate from high school. Drowsiness can impair your ability to drive just like alcohol.

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