TxDOT re-introducing 'Five for Drive' campaign to keep young drivers safe

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

Ford Driving Skills for Life gives teens on the road training

Yet too many teens are not buckling up, and neither are their passengers. In crashes involving teen drivers when the driver wasn't buckled, 84 percent of their passengers weren't, either.

The NHTSA is raising awareness during National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 15-21), and encouraging parents to talk with their teen drivers about what is and isn't safe driving behavior. Frequent drives with teens allow parents and guardians to monitor their teen's progress and reduce their being involved in deadly behaviors, such as: alcohol consumption, driving without seat belts, speeding, carrying extra passengers, and driving distracted.

Don't drink and drive. In 2015, 1,972 teen passenger-vehicle drivers (15 to 18 years old) were involved in fatal traffic crashes, resulting in 2,207 deaths nationwide, of which 1,730 were teens, according to NHTSA. Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance, including illicit or prescription drugs, could have deadly consequences.

Always wear a seatbelt. Remind your teen about the dangers of texting and using a phone while driving. And, 58 percent of those passengers were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behaviors triples when driving with multiple passengers.

Pull over if you're drowsy. This is a unsafe habit that can lead to drowsy driving.

In addition, a section on basic vehicle and tire maintenance includes information that teens should know to stay safe on the road, but that often are not taught in drivers' education classes. Alternatively, they could take a pit stop, use the bathroom, and get a soda or coffee to wake up.

"Seventy-five percent of teen fatal auto crashes do not involve drugs or alcohol".

No speeding. Greater speed equals less reaction time, especially for drivers with less experience. "The handbook reinforces key defensive driving plays, such as how to manage tailgaters, drive safely near large trucks, keep a safe following distance and respond to changes in road conditions due to weather or other factors".

It's National Teen Driver Safety Week, and a new survey reveals fatal accidents in cases of teenage drivers have decreased 43 percent in the U.S in the last 10 years. In wet weather, double or triple the space you normally leave between you and the auto in front of you. "We need parents to set the rules before their teens hit the road", added Martinez.

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