Teen driving deaths are down, but danger lurks

Ford Driving Skills for Life gives teens on the road training

The handbook also emphasizes critical tips for coaches -; such as knowing when to call a "time out" and pull over when stress levels rise, and the importance of conducting a "post-game analysis" with your teen after the driving lesson to review what went well and where they can still improve.

More than half of teen drivers wish they learned more about driving safely on ice, snow, or wet roads.

Note: Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "If you're a parent, guardian, or mentor to a teen driver, lead by example and encourage them to put the phone down and focus on the road".

Passengers. Passengers in a teen's vehicle can lead to disastrous consequences.

In 2015, nearly 2,000 teen drivers were involved in fatal traffic crashes, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths nationwide. A key part of the instruction focuses on training newly licensed drivers to make better driving decisions. In 2015, in California, 283 teens were behind the wheel at the time of fatal collisions, and 63 percent of those young drivers were at fault.

There is more emphasis on parental involvement in the driver learning process. We can not stress enough the importance of educating teen drivers, parents, and the public at large about potential risks and the best methods to alleviate them.

Vehicle 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. At the heart of the campaign is an interactive website that highlights the dangers and penalties for talking or texting while driving and promotes a forum for citizens to share their own experiences and thoughts about this irresponsible behavior. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behaviors triples when driving with multiple passengers. In the last five years, there has been a total of 89,029 teen driver crashes in Alabama with almost 200 teen driver deaths and more than 11,500 injuries.

Making sure teen drivers stay safe is always a priority, not just during National Teen Driver Safety week. 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. More space is needed to stop on slick roads.

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 vehicle crash before they graduate from high school.

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