NO. 1: Driver
crashes happen during the first year a teen has a
license. Provide at least 30 to 50 hours of
supervised driving practice over at least six
months. Make sure to practice on a variety of roads,
at different times of day, and in varied weather and
traffic conditions. This will help your teen gain
the skills he or she needs to be safe.
NO. 2: Driving with
risk goes up when teens drive with other teens in
the car. Follow your stateís teen driving law for
passenger restrictions. If your state doesnít have
such a rule, limit the number of teen passengers
your teen can have to zero or one. Keep this rule
for at least the first six months.
NO. 3: Nighttime
all ages, fatal crashes are more likely to occur at
night; but the risk is higher for teens. Make sure
your teen is off the road by 9 or 10 p.m. for at
least the first six months of licensed driving.
NO. 4: Not Using Seat
simplest way to prevent car crash deaths is to
buckle up. Require your teen to wear a seat belt on
every trip. This simple step can reduce your teenís
risk of dying or being badly injured in a crash by
NO. 5: Distracted
Distractions increase your teenís risk of being in a
crash. Donít allow activities that may take your
teenís attention away from driving, such as talking
on a cell phone, texting, eating, or playing with
NO. 6: Drowsy Driving
drivers are at high risk for drowsy driving, which
causes thousands of crashes every year. Teens are
most tired and at risk when driving in the early
morning or late at night. Be sure your teen is well
rested before he or she gets behind the wheel.
NO. 7: Reckless
Research shows that teens lack the experience,
judgment, and maturity to assess risky situations.
Help your teen avoid the following unsafe behaviors.
Speeding: Make sure your teen knows to follow the
speed limit and adjust speed to road conditions.
Tailgating: Remind your teen to maintain enough
space behind the vehicle ahead to avoid a crash in
case of a sudden stop.
NO. 8: Impaired
one drink will impair your teenís driving ability
and increase their risk of a crash. Be a good role
model: never drink and drive, and reinforce this
message with your teen.